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During the school year, librarians are available at the Reference Desk during the following times.

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Finding Articles in Physics

Don't forget that the library still receives a significant number of publications in paper; these are housed on Level A (between the first and second floors of the library).

To save yourself time, if you can't locate an article ask a reference librarian for assistance. In addition to helping you locate paper and electronic copies of publications, the librarians can also help you make the best use possible of Interlibrary Loan. For more information on Interlibrary Loan, or ILL, see the library's ILL page.


Places to Begin

If you are looking for a specific journal you may want to begin with the library's catalog, an online listing of all items we own or have through electronic subscription. A Browse Search by title for journals like Physical Review Letters, Nature, or Science will locate all or our paper and online versions of these publications.

Try an Advanced Search. Search for physics and set the Material Type to Journals. You will get a list of our paper and electronic subscriptions.



OneSearch helps you find multiple kinds of resources at once, like online resources such as journal articles and images, as well as those found in the library (books, DVDs, scores, etc.), from a single search interface. It is especially useful when you are beginning your research or researching a topic that may be addressed by multiple scholarly fields.

Be sure to sign in with your Lawrence username and password prior to using OneSearch. Many resources, as well as interlibrary loan and library account options, only appear after you have signed in.

Some OneSearch hints:

  • Use double quotation marks to find phrases, for example, "raman spectroscopy".
  • Use an asterisk to find multiple word endings. A search for spectr* will find items containing the words spectrum, spectral, spectroscopy and so on.
  • For more complicated boolean searching, type logical operators like AND and OR in capital letters
  • Try different ways of displaying your results using the Sorted by pull down at the top of the results list.
  • Use Expand my results at the top of the column on the left to find articles that my not be provided in full text in OneSearch. These will include items that might be on the library shelves or materials available through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Use Refine My Results, also in the left column, to narrow your results to different resource types, subjects, publication dates, and more.


Go to the Electronic Resources page. There is a long list of databases, including a section of resources in the sciences. A few to try include these:

Open Access Sources

Some resources on the open web may be helpful.

    Open access to nearly 700,000 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance, and Statistics. From Cornell University.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    "Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages."
  • HighWire Press
    A large repository for both subscription and open access journal articles. Linking to the library's subscription journals is provided. Areas covered include: biological sciences, medical sciences, and physical sciences.
  • ScienceDirect
    ScienceDirect is primarily a search tool for subscribers; Lawrence doesn't subscribe. However, the advanced search lets you select titles that come from ScienceDirect's indexed open access journals.
  • Google Scholar
    If you're going to Google, do it here. Look for the label ViewIt@LU to locate things that might be available here.

About Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is a service that provides access to materials needed for academic research that are not accessible through the Seeley G. Mudd Library. This service is available to all students, staff, and faculty of the Lawrence University community at no charge.

Log in here to your Interlibrary Loan account with your Lawrence University username and password.


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