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Use OneSearch to search the for the following resources at once:

  • UWA print collection
  • ebooks
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  • exam papers
  • CMO materials
  • newspaper articles
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  • law reports
  • music scores
  • and more

Can't find it at UWA? Get It

If you are a Postgraduate or Honours student and UWA does not have a journal article or book you require you can request it using the Library's Inter-library loan and document delivery service Get It.

Place a request via Get It and we will obtain a copy from another library for you.

Google Scholar

Activate FindIt@UWA links in Google Scholar to access the UWA full text version of articles.  Once activated, you will see FindIt@UWA links - click these and the online, UWA databases will be searched for you.

To activate the FindIt@UWA feature in Google Scholar when off campus:

1.   Go to Google Scholar

2.   Click the option icon (the small white cog in the top right hand corner of the screen)

3.   Select Scholarly preferences

4.   Scroll down the Library Links box and search for University of Western Australia (or UWA, or University of WA)

5.   Tick the checkbox for the option The University of Western Australia (FindIt@UWA)

6.   Click Save Preferences


How to search using Boolean

To help refine your keyword searches it is recommended that you use Boolean operators (AND, OR, and NOT).  These operators help connect your search terms and are used to broaden or narrow your search results.

AND - Placing AND between search terms instructs the database that both terms must appear somewhere in the results list.

NOT - When you place NOT before a keyword search it instructs the database that the keyword must not appear anywhere in the entry.

OR - Using OR between keywords instructs the database to search either or both of the keywords in the results list.

You are able to combine any of the Boolean operators to build very specific searches.



Welcome to the physics and astronomy guide!  In this guide you will find information resources for these majors. Click on the tabs above, or the In this Guide links to navigate.

Physics & Astronomy databases

 A basic search for journal articles can be done using OneSearch, but the databases listed below will provide more search functions and results specific to this subject.  Use the find it @ uwa icon button to open the full-text or, if you are eligible, order a copy through Get Itnew window if we don't have it

For a complete list of all physics and astronomy databases held at UWA, go to Find Databases on the Library's guide page.  Choose a list by the subject Life & Physical Sciences : Physics

  • ANSTI : Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Information
    ANSTI indexes a broad spectrum of nuclear science research and development by Australians or published in Australia
    An e-print service which presents papers in physics and related disciplines, mathematics, nonlinear science, computer science, and quantitative biology.
  • HyperPhysics
    HyperPhysics is an exploration environment for concepts in physics which employs concept maps and other linking strategies to facilitate smooth navigation
    CONTENTS Light and vision -- Sound and hearing -- Relativity -- Astrophysics -- Quantum physics -- Nuclear physics -- Condensed matter -- Heat and thermodynamics -- Mechanics -- Electricity and magnetism
  • Inspec  
    Includes bibliographic citations and indexed abstracts from publications in the fields of physics, electrical and electronic engineering, communications, computer science, control engineering... (contd. in more info)
  • IOPscience
    Searchable full text of the UK Institute of Physics' journals.
  • JAXA Digital Archives
    Archive of images, movies and videos of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's projects, facilities, observation data and other activities
  • Optics InfoBase
    Repository of optics information published by the Optical Society of America since 1917. Citations onlye from 1917- and full text from 1995.
  • SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
    The ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 9.5 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints. The main body of data in the ADS consists of bibliographic records, which are searchable through highly customizable query forms, and full-text scans of much of the astronomical literature which can be browsed or searched via our full-text search interface. In addition to its databases, the ADS provides the myADS Update Service, a free custom notification service promoting current awareness of the recent technical literature in astronomy and physics based on each individual subscriber's queries.
  • SciFinder Scholar
    Provides access to CAplus, a database of chemical literature and chemical-related patents, to CASREACT and the Registry database from Chemical Abstracts Service
  • American Institute of Physics (AIP Publishing)
    Provides the global physical science community with a comprehensive collection of highly cited peer reviewed scientific information. Also publishes on behalf of several of AIP’s Member Societies and other publishing partners.

Multidisciplinary databases

  • BIOSIS Previews  
    A comprehensive index to the world's literature in the life sciences including biomedical research. Sources include periodicals, books, conference proceedings and technical reports. BIOSIS Previews includes Biological Abstracts content from 1969-.
  • ScienceDirect  
    ScienceDirect is a Web database that contains the full text of more than 1,800 Elsevier journals. Subject coverage includes the life, medical, technical, social and physical sciences.
  • Scopus  
    Scopus is a comprehensive abstract and citation database covering the scientific, medical, technical and social science subject areas. Includes abstracts from 1966- , and cited references from 1996-
  • Web of Science  
    Enables researchers to track where, by whom, and how often an article has been cited. See more information for index coverage.
  • ProQuest  
    This is a large multidisciplinary database with more than 60% of the titles in full text. It Indexes journal articles, magazine articles and newspapers, and combines international, national and regional newspapers and periodicals to make a core collection in business, general reference, and news. It is also very easy to search!

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