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Rutgers-Newark Physics Research Guide: Indexes & Databases

This research guide was created (in the Summer of 2017) to help students performing research in the Physics department at Rutgers University-Newark


INSPEC provides access to the scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers & computing, and information technology. In addition, there is significant coverage in materials science, oceanography, nuclear engineering, geophysics, biomedical engineering and biophysics. This database contains over eight million bibliographic records taken from 3,500 scientific and technical journals and 1,500 conference proceedings, as well as numerous books, reports and dissertations.  Note that it is possible to search INSPEC, Compendex, and NTIS simultaneously.  Coverage dates: 1969-present


MathSciNet is considered the most comprehensive resource for the international literature of mathematics and statistics. It includes bibliographic data and reviews of mathematical research contained in the Mathematical Reviews Database. MathSciNet also provides active links from reviews to the full text of more than 119,000 online articles in over 190 journals, but access to full articles is dependent on a Rutgers University Libraries subscription to that journal or online service. Users can track the history and influence of research publications in the mathematical sciences using the "Collaboration Distance" feature, which finds the shortest distance between two mathematicians based co-authorship.

Web of Science

Web of Science indexes leading scholarly journals, books, proceedings, and other formats. The heart of the platform is the Web of Science Core Collection, which indexes over 20,000 scholarly journals and includes over 1 billion cited references. The Collection includes Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index, among others, with coverage strongest in the sciences. This index can be used to demonstrate the impact of particular articles and authors.  Coverage dates: 1900-present


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



The electronic version of the print publication "Chemical Abstracts," SciFinder comprehensively covers the world-wide literature of chemistry, including journal articles, patents, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations, technical reports, government documents, etc.  Search by research topic, author name, DOI, patent number, chemical name, chemical structure, chemical reaction, etc.  Coverage dates: 1907-present

Rutgers no longer has an 8-seat limit for SciFinder. We now have unlimited access!  However, the system is still currently set to disconnect any workstation that is idle for more than 10 minutes (i.e., no commands entered into the system for 10 minutes). So if you become immersed in reading a list of documents retrieved from one of your searches, you may be momentarily surprised when a 10 minute warning screen pops up and you are given the option of continuing or being automatically disconnected.

Note: The client version of SciFinder was discontinued on June 30, 2011.

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