Physics Databases

Astronomy, Physics

The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant. The ADS maintains three bibliographic databases: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints.

Astronomy, Physics

Includes Astronomy and Astrophysics Abstracts.


Full-text preprints for physics, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, computer science, and quantitative biology.

BIOSIS Previews   UCB access only
1926 - present

Indexes over 6,000 journals, books, and conference proceedings on a wide variety of biological and biomedical topics. Includes citations from Biological Abstracts and Biological Abstracts/RRM.

Compendex   UCB access only
Engineering, Physics
1884 - present

Indexes over 5,000 journals, conferences, technical reports, and other materials related to the engineering and technical literature.
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GeoRef   UCB access only
1785 - present

Indexes over 3,500 scholarly journals, books, maps, U.S. and Canadian dissertations, conference proceedings, reports, and government documents published worldwide on geology and other subjects within the geosciences. Covers the geology of North America from 1785 to the present and the geology of the rest of the world from 1933 to present.

INSPEC   UCB access only
1898 - present

Indexes over 4,000 scholarly journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, and dissertations in physics, electrical engineering and electronics, computers and control, and information technology.
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Engineering, Physics

Produced by the International Atomic Energy Agency and provides access to scientific literature published worlwide on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. International coverage of technical reports, conference papers, journal articles, books, patents, laws, standards, and more. Some full text.

Material ConneXion  UCB access only
Engineering, Physics

Comprehensive information on over 7,000 new materials for architecture, engineering, and other design disciplines. An extensive resource for advanced, innovative, and sustainable materials. Includes images, detailed material descriptions, usage characteristics, and manufacturer and distributor contact information for architecture, interiors, product packaging, transportation and more.

1920 - present

Indexes technical reports, conference papers, journal articles, and other publications sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). Some reports are available in full text online.

Varies: 1917--

Provides full text access to core journals and conference proceedings published by the Optical Society of America (OSA) and related publishers, covering optics and photonics. The ImageBank includes more than 200,000 images.

SciFinder Scholar/Chemical Abstracts   UCB access only
1907 - present

Indexes over 9,000 journals, patents, conferences, books, technical reports, and dissertations related to chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, and the biomedical sciences.
Use is restricted to current UC faculty, staff, and students.

SPIE Digital Library   UCB access only
Engineering, Physics
1990 - present

Provides access to full-text papers from SPIE proceedings and journals. SPIE is the International Society for Optical Engineering.

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