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Physics Subject Page

My name is Lisa Callaghan and I am the subject librarian for the School of Physical Sciences at DCU.

These pages (below) contain information specific to your subject area. You will find links to general information
on the left hand side of the screen.
Please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance.

Telephone: 700 8247



Most main lending books (3 week and 1 week) for your subject are located on the second floor. Search the Library Catalogue to find out what books we have or browse the shelves at the relevant number. Here are some of the main shelfmark numbers for physics and related topics.

SubjectBook Shelf Mark
Electricity & Electronics537
Molecular Physics539.6
Nuclear Physics539.7
Physics (General)530
Quantum Physics539
Solid State Physics530.41


The library currently provides access to thousands of  e-books. When you search the library catalogue you can refine your search by choosing "E-Books" on the left hand side of the screen. When you click on the link to view the book you may be asked to verify yourself as a registered student by logging in with your computer username and password (Novel login).

Apart from individual titles accessible via the catalogue, we also have searchable collections of e-books. Have a look at our e-books page for a full listing.

All our e-books can accessed off-campus.

Can't find the book you are looking for?

Ask for help at the information desk. If we don't have books listed on your recommended reading list you can contact your Subject Librarian.



The A-Z of journals is a listing of all our print and e-journals. It will tell you if the journal you are looking for is available in print here in the library and/or electronically on one of our databases. You can search this list by entering the title of the journal or you can get a list of journals in your chosen subject area by browsing.

Remember – search by journal title NOT article title.

See what journals are available for the following subjects:

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Astronomical Observatories & Instruments

Astronomy - General


Practical & Spherical Astronomy

Theoretical Astronomy


Acoustics & Sound

Atomic Physics

Cosmic Physics

Electricity & Magnetism 

Light & Optics

Nuclear Physics

Physics - General 


Weights & Measures

Sciences - General

To search for articles on your topic carry out a search on one of our databases



The following is a list of the most important databases for Physics and related subjects. A full list of all our databases is available from the A to Z of databases.

Some databases contain the full-text of the articles others provide you with a citation/abstract only. In the case of citation/abstract databases click on the this will search all our databases to see if the article you require is available

Key Physics Databases – start your searching here

Web of Science
Web of Science provides access to the Science Citation Index, a multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the sciences. It fully indexes over 6,650 major journals across 150 scientific disciplines and includes the cited references from indexed articles. Web of Science - Search Tips (06:19 minutes)  Web of Science Training Videos (YouTube)


Scopus is one of the largest multi-disciplinary abstracting and indexing databases of research literature and quality web sources. It offers access to over 16,000 titles from more than 4000 international publishers, with abstracts available back to 1966. Citation data is available from 1996. Coverage includes scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature including, arts and humanities. There are also 23 million patent records from 5 patent offices as well as links to 'Articles in Press' from over 3,000 journals.
E-tutorials and demos  

ScienceDirect offers access to the full-text of over 2,000 Elsevier journals and navigation across 30 million records with links to 10,000 journal titles - covering all fields of science. Abstracts for some titles as far back as 1967. Full-text availability from 1995.
Coverage: Varies according to title | E-tutorials

American Institute of Physics (AIP)     Full text access to 12 AIP journals focusing  on interdisciplinary and applied topics in physics, astronomy and related fields of science and technology.

American Physical Society (APS)  
APS strives to 'advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics'. Provides full text access to the 7 APS journals with archival access to all APS titles as far back as 1893 through PROLA Physical Reviews Online Archive (see below)

Institute of Physics   
Access the full-text of the Institute of Physics journals. Choose search to carry out a keyword/author/title search of the entire collection or choose journal list to browse title list. Create a user account to set-up journal/search alerts. Includes access to archive from 1874.
Coverage: varies according to title
Database Guide (pdf)  |   Online tutorial

PROLA - Physical Review Online Archive
Backfile access to the American Physical Society (APS) journals. Access varies according to title and goes as far back as 1897 for Physical Review (Series 1). A complete list of titles is available to browse.

INSPEC (EI Engineering Village)
This database indexes and summarises over 4,000 journals and 2,000 conference proceedings, books, reports relating to physics, electronics, electrical engineering, computer science, control, and information technology. Access to the database is through the Engineering Village interface. Database Guide (pdf) | Help

Other databases

Academic Search Complete     Full-text access to over 5,000 peer-reviewed journals in: business, communications, computer science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, education and nursing.          

Annual Reviews  
Authoratitive, analytic reviews in 30 disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences. Annual Reviews saves you time by synthesising the vast amount of primary research literature and identifying the principal contributions in your field. Annual Reviews publications are among the highest cited publications by impact factor according to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).

General Science Full Text   
Provides full text from more than 100 periodicals dating as far back as 1995, in addition to indexing and abstracts for nearly 300 periodicals dating back to 1984. Subject coverage includes astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, conservation, health & medicine, oceanography, physics, zoology and much more.

SAGE journals online    Full-text access to over 400 journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology and Medicine

SpringerLink     Full-text access to over 1,000 journals.

Wiley Online Library    
Full-text access to over 1,200 Wiley journals, E-books, reference works and databases covering subject areas including: business, chemistry, computer science, engineering, law, life sciences, mathematic, physics, psychology and social sciences. Register to take advantage of alerting services and stay on top of the latest developments in your field. 
Coverage: varies according to title.

You can also search across a number of databases at once using Summon