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

Physics Databases (General)

Most Useful

DatabaseFull TextCoverageScholarly
Wiley Online LibrarySome full-text1996 - currentMost
Science DirectFull-text1995 - currentMost
Academic Search PremierSome full-text; plus links to full-text via Get It1975 - currentMost
MathSciNetLinks to full-text via Get It1940 - currentAll
Web of ScienceLinks to full-text via Get It1975 - currentAll


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 at CSUSM (general)

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

Books at CSU San Marcos

Library Catalog
Search our local collection of 250,000 books (both hard copies and eBooks)

Other Options

CIRCUIT (2-5 day delivery)
Search the collections of other San Diego area libraries and gain access to approximately 3,000,000 titles. Find and request books directly online; pick them up at our Library in 1-3 days.

WorldCat (5-10 day delivery)
Search the collections of libraries world-wide. Find a book in WorldCat and fill out an Interlibrary Loan delivery request. Pick up materials at our Library.

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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