Mathematics & Physics - Finding Articles

For some assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with.

Sometimes you may want to try specific databases or journals – perhaps your lecturer has recommended particular names as a good way of finding articles. This page lists key sources for Mathematics:

Full text databases

• ArXiv 

ArXiv is an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, and quantitative biology. The contents of arXiv conform to Cornell University academic standards. arXiv is owned, operated and funded by Cornell University, a private not-for-profit educational institution

Full text open access source of nearly a million e-prints in physics, maths, statistics, computer science and more.  As this is open access, you’ll be able to use this even once you’ve left the University.

Full text of technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics

Often includes mathematical papers of use.

• IoP electronic journals not in Discovery 

Access 43 high quality academic journals in full-text covering the world of physics from applied physics, gravity, cosmology, medical physics, nanotechnology through to optical science, radiology, and scientific instrumentation

The Physical Review Online Archive (PROLA) is the American Physical Society's online archive for Physical Review Letters, Reviews of Modern Physics, and Physical Review A–E. It contains all APS journal articles published from 1893–2005.

ScienceDirect's extensive and unique full text database covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, published by Elsevier. More than 2,500 journals and more than nine million full-text articles are available in ScienceDirect providing access to the physical sciences and engineering life sciences. This resource is also available through the Discovery service. A Library Guide is available.

This is a large collection of maths, science, technology and medicine related full-text and bibliographic information.  

Additional sources

These are not specifically for mathematics or physics but are often very useful.

• Emerald 

The full-text of thousands of articles from more than 100 peer-reviewed journals published by Emerald. Subjects include health and safety, management, human resources, engineering, marketing and training.  For the most relevant results, use the advanced search and restrict to case studies or literature reviews.

The full-text of thousands of articles from more than 100 peer-reviewed journals published by Emerald. Subjects covered include education, management, human resources, marketing and training – will often have mathematics related articles.


An academic journal archive containing thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects. You will need to search other databases to find the most recent years.

Provides access to full-text journal articles via the JSTOR service.

• Knovel 

Knovel enables you to manipulate engineering data from a wide range of sources. In addition to full-text ebook content it also provides access to equations, materials and substances data, and interactive charts and graphs. Its materials database covers everything from mechanical to chemical properties data, corrosion data and material properties. Knovel provides interactive engineering tools that enable data analysis, and specialized data search and taxonomies that make it easy to discover answers to technical questions.

Library Guide to this resource is available.

Indexing databases

Note that the above - apart from ArXiv - cover  just one publisher.  (Science Direct, for example, is a database of Elsevier publications).  If you want to do wider searches and literature reviews which draw on the width of the literature, you’ll need to do a little more work and include these indexing databases in your research.  We may not have the full text of these articles (but can obtain them via Inter Library Loan) but you may find the database links through to full text where we have it.

• Engineering Village not in Discovery 

Engineering Village consists of three bibliographic databases, GEOBASE, GeoRef and Compendex. GEOBASE is a multidisciplinary database of bibliographic information and abstracts that indexes journal literature across the earth sciences including geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography and geomechanics from 1980-present. GeoRef covers geological literature from North America (1785-present), plus geological literature from the rest of the world (1933-present).

Compendex is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of scientific and technical engineering and computing research available. This may be of use to GIS students.

A Library Guide to this resource is available.

Indexes to journal articles and conference proceedings for a wide range of topics including mathematics not simply engineering. This includes the Compendex and INSPEC databases as well as a couple of geographical ones. 

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