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Physical sciences

Physical sciences resources for ANU students, staff, and researchers.

What are databases?

A library database is an online collection of scholarly resources.

Databases don't hold the resources, but provide the information needed to find it including the author, title, source, publication date, and often an abstract. Many databases have links to the full-text.

Databases can be interdisciplinary (covering several topics), or subject specific (focusing on one particular discipline).

The ANU Library subscribes to over 620 scholarly databases, containing many millions of searchable items including scholarly journal articles; newspaper articles; images; streaming videos; music; and other academic publications.

Searching databases can be a great way to find reliable, peer-reviewed scholarly sources for your research and assessments.

You can see the full range of databases on the Library's e-resources and databases page.

Featured database

Web of Science

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Web of Science is a database that has bibliographic records with abstracts for about 70% of the science citations and 60% of the social sciences citations. It contains Science Citation Index Expanded 1900-; Social Sciences Citation Index 1956-, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index from 1975. It allows the identification of key articles in a discipline and to search by cited reference, which enables you to trace references that refer to a particular work or author.

Databases for Physical Science studies

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