Reference & Websites

Reference & Websites

Physics Websites (General)

Websites: Physics portals and web resources

Physics: Spotlighting Exceptional Research 
Published by the American Physics Society, Physics highlights exceptional papers from the Physical Review journals on a weekly basis.  

Physical Reference Data
Provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, this government site has links to physical constants, the periodic table, and other useful data.

Physics To Go
Physics portal provided by the American Physical Society, listing over 600 web pages.

Journal Articles

Journal Articles

Physics Databases (General)

Most Useful

Database Full Text Coverage Scholarly
Wiley Online Library Some full-text 1996 - current Most
Science Direct Full-text 1995 - current Most
Academic Search Premier Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get It 1975 - current Most
MathSciNet Links to full-text via Get It 1940 - current All
Web of Science Links to full-text via Get It 1975 - current All


Also Useful provides open access to e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance, and Statistics. Authors submit their manuscripts to arXiv before they are published in a peer-reviewed journal.



Books & eBooks at CSUSM

Books will give you background information and an overview on what you are researching. You need this information in order to provide context.

Physical & online books available at CSUSM can be located in the following ways:

  1. Search the Library Catalog (use dropdown left-hand side for search types: subject, author, etc.)
  2. Search for an e-book, by choosing an e-book database from the list and using the search bar to enter terms
    • Off-campus access requires log-in with CSUSM User ID and Password

Options to obtain books not located at CSUSM:

  1. Order books through CSU+
    • If you locate a book via OneSearch catalog and it states "Print version not available in the library" you can order the book via CSU+, which is a library borrowing service that includes all 23 CSU campus libraries.  It takes approximately 2-5 days to receive books from CSU+.
  2. Order books through InterLibrary Loan
    • You can search the collections of libraries world-wide by using WorldCat.  If you find a book you would like to order and verify that you cannot get it through CSUSM or CSUSM, you can fill out an InterLibrary Loan request.  Materials will take 5-10 days to arrive and can be picked up at our Library.


Cite Your Sources

Cite Your Sources

Physics Citations (General)

In Physics, you should cite according to the style for a particular journal. APS provides journal-specific guidelines for authors. 

In general, you can refer to the style guide for Physical Review Letters.

Some examples:

  • Journal articles
    A. B. Last Name, Journal Title Abbreviation Vol, Issue (Year). 

    J. M. Smith, Phys. Rev. B 26, 1 (1982). 

  • Entire book
    A. B. Last Name, Book Title (Publisher, City, Year), Vol, pages.

    J. M. Smith, Molecular Dynamics (Academic, New York, 1980), Vol. 2, p. 20.

  • Chapter in an edited book
    A. B. Last Name, in Book Title, edited by C. Last Name (Publisher, City, Year).

    J. M. Smith, in Molecular Dyanmics, edited by C. Brown (Academic, New York, 1980). 

  • Proceedings
    A. B. Last Name, in Proceedings Title, edited by C. Last Name (Publisher, City, Year) pages.

    J. M. Smith, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Low Temperature Physics, edited by C. Brown (University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1958), p. 201.

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