PHYS 1402L and PHYS 2425L: Physics Labs

If you have questions about using any of the resources described below, ask at the Reference Desk (on the first floor), call it at 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open or use our Ask a Librarian service. For additional help, contact Linda Chenoweth (x2407), Steve Ely (x2231) or Mary Jarvis (x2212) to make an appointment.

Finding Journal Articles

All of our online resources are available from off campus as well as on. Students should simply log in with the same information as with Buff Advisor and WT Class.

While several of the databases below provide the full text for many articles, a database may sometimes offer only a description of the article you need; we can then help you find a print copy of the article here or through interlibrary loan.

When you find articles, evaluate them to make sure you are getting valid information.

Institute of Physics Journals
Full-text online access to 34 of the journals published by the Institute of Physics. Complete coverage of each title from first to most current issue. Contains all of the Journal of Physics series.
ScienceDirect
Broad science coverage, emphasizing life sciences, engineering, earth sciences and pharmacology. Over 1800 full-text journals, plus more than 100 book series and reference books. Many hundreds of thousands of articles relevant for physics topics. Also includes business, management and accounting; economics, econometrics and finance; and social science. Look for the green indicator for full-text coverage.
Web of Science
Simultaneously search the most important journals in the social sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, the humanities, and visual and performing arts. Focuses on high-impact scholarly sources and includes some distinctive and powerful features, including "Cited by," Linked References, and Related Articles.

Finding Articles from Citations

While most of our online resources include the full-text of the journal articles they index, some only include citations. In such cases, take advantage of the SFX feature to find whether and where we have the article.

SFX logo Logo

Most of our database will include the SFX logo logo on the options for each search result. Clicking this link will open a popup window with several options for retrieving the full-text of the document. One or more of these choices will be shown:

If you would like more information about the SFX logo feature, please see the tutorial Using SFX to Link to Articles

To find a journal article when you only have the citation outside of a database, browse our list of online journals and search Cornette Library's online catalog by journal title to determine if the issue you need is available in the Library's Periodicals collection. Journals are shelved alphabetically by title in the bound, microfilm, microfiche, or current periodicals areas on the Library's second floor. If the Library does not have the journal issue you need, you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

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Citing Your Sources

You will need to cite your sources using the ACS Style Guide. The basic preferred format for journal articles is:

The format for an article retrieved from a database is:

Specific formatting rules are:

Here are some examples:

Chapter 14 of the ACS Guide shows citations for various other kinds of sources such as books, conference proceedings, dissertations, etc.

Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?

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Your Comments

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