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Physics & Astronomy: Physics articles, books, handbooks & encyclopedias

Basic guide to resources in physics and astronomy

Recommend a Purchase

If UCSD Library doesn't own a book or journal that you think we ought to have, please fill out the purchase suggestion form or contact me.

For delivery of an article or book or report from another university library - use Circuit (borrow books from San Diego area libraries) or Interlibrary loan.

New books & e-books

Search for a subject or author or keyword in UC Library search - advanced search and choose Library Catalog.
Then limit your results to books published on or after 2020.  Note that print books ordered in 2021 or series where we get all the books shipped are still being received with processing delays due to staffing shortages.  Check the e-book publishers sites using strategy outlines in the e-books guide  Contact me if you cannot find a newer book.

Physics Article Databases

Use UC-eLinks to get to the full text of subscription-only articles & conference papers, if the Library licenses it.  INSPIRE has links both to free article preprints and to UCSD-licensed articles.

Physics & Astronomy E-Book Collections

The main e-book collections (not single titles) of interest to physics & astronomy researchers. Unless otherwise specified, books in these collections are also in the UCSD Libraries catalog, though the most recently published ones are generally available online 1-3 months before appearing in our catalog.

Wireless & Off-Campus Access

Off-campus and on-campus/wifi access to most of the databases, ebooks, and journals licensed by the Library is restricted to UC San Diego students, faculty and staff.

How do I get the article?

In most of our article databases, you'll see this button next to each reference: Get it at UC Get it at UC

That will take you to UC Library Search with the citation filled out, which then should show you if UC San Diego has the article or paper:

- Online, if available and links to the journal site or vendor site with full text
- In print including the Library Annex
-  or you can Request on interlibrary loan if we don't have the article.

MathSciNet and Astrophysics Data System has their own Article (and Journal) links that in most cases will bring up the licensed UCSD accessible e-article or a freely available version.
Need more help?  Ask a Librarian

Encyclopedias & Handbooks