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Physics Seminar - resources from past semesters

This guide condenses materials prepared by Bonnie Fong for Physics Seminars from 2017-2022

Library Research Session #3

Learning objectives:

Students will learn how to search Scopus and arXiv, as well as create a bibliography using EndNote Web. Upon completion of the session, students will be able to:

  1. execute an effective search in the Scopus index/database in order to find articles about their topic
  2. execute an effective search in
  3. export results from Scopus and arXiv to EndNote Web
  4. create a bibliography in a specific style with the help of EndNote Web
  5. compare and contrast arXiv, SciFinder, Scopus, and Web of Science

**Please note that the graded library exercise can be found on the Canvas course site, under the 'Assignments' or 'Quizzes' module.**

3/4/2022 Skeletal Outline

1. Scopus

Scopus offers coverage in the physical sciences (7,200+ titles), health sciences (6,800+ titles), life sciences (4,300+ titles), plus social sciences and humanities (5,300+ titles). It is a citation and abstract database with over 50 million records. Patents from 5 offices are included. Can be used to demonstrate the impact of particular articles and authors.  Coverage dates: 1996-present

2. is a free online archive of preprint and postprint manuscripts in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.

  • Exporting to EndNote Web (
  • In

    1. open up the arXiv record for the item you are interested in

    2. under References & Citations (along the right side), click on NASA ADS

    3. along the left side of the next screen, click on Export Citation

    4. Select Export Format: EndNote

    5. Download to File

    6. Save File

  • In EndNote Web:

    1. under Collect à Import References

    2. File: Browse à select saved file

    3. Import Option: EndNote Import

    4. To: select appropriate folder

    5. Import

4. Creating a Bibliography Using EndNote Web

  1. To create a bibliography:
    1. In EndNote Web, under Format, click on Bibliography
      1. References: (select the relevant group)
      2. Bibliographic style: (for your convenience, click on Select Favorites to select the ones you tend to use most frequently)
      3. File format: (select your preferred choice)

  1. To do in-text citations:
    1. In EndNote Web, click on Downloads, then install the appropriate Cite While You Write plug-in
    2. Follow the instruction at

IMPORTANT NOTE #1: Be sure to double-check that auto-generated citations are correct. In some cases, you may be asked to include a hyperlink for the citation (e.g., doi link).

  • The auto-generated APA 6th and APA 7th style bibliographies (following the American Psychological Association style) will include hyperlinks, when available.
  • The auto-generated AIP Style Manual bibliography does not.
  • The auto-generated Physical Reviews bibliography does not.

The doi is oftentimes exported into EndNote, but to create the doi link, you must add in front of the number.

IMPORTANT NOTE #2: If following AIP style or Physical Reviews, be sure to abbreviate journal titles per CASSI ( and consider double-checking the auto-generated stye against the references as presented in a recently published article in the relevant journal (

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