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Use the databases below to find citations for peer-reviewed articles the areas in which PH 403 projects are happening. Note, that some of these databases are outside of "traditional" physics research areas. If you are just starting your research use these databases after you have explored broadly in Google Scholar and have a variety of search terms and discipline-specific vocabulary that you want to try.
You may also find publisher websites useful when trying to locate specific articles. One such site heavily used by the OSU Physics department is the American Physical Society (APS) publisher site. APS publishes the Physical Review journals among others. Another physics publisher, the American Institute of Physics (AIP), makes its journals available the via the Scitation platform.
To search for a phrase, enter quotation marks around your search terms, e.g., “climate change”.
To search for any specified words or phrases, enter OR (all in upper case) between the words or phrases, e.g. genealogy OR lineage.
To exclude words or phrases, enter NOT (all in upper case) followed by the word or phrase to exclude, e.g. silver NOT gold.
To group terms within a search, use parentheses around the terms, e.g. Shakespeare (tragedy OR sonnet).
To perform a single-character wildcard search, enter a ? in place of the character position that has more than one possibility, e.g. wom?n to search for woman, women, etc.
To perform a multiple character wildcard search, enter a * in place of the characters that have multiple possibilities, e.g. cultur* to search for culture, cultural, culturally, etc.
There are two different kinds of citation searching:
To browse citing references, look for tabs or links like "Times Cited" (Web of Science), Cited by" (Google Scholar), "Get Citing" (SciFinder Scholar), "Citations: From References or From Reviews" (MathSciNet), "Citing Articles" (American Physical Society)
Web of Science has a Cited Reference Search option which allows you to search for articles that cite a particular author or article.
Search results can be managed by using database features such as limiters and facets that allow you to manipulate your results by major subjects, date, publication type, authors, journal titles or institutions or the number of times the publication was cited by other researchers.
Look for the button to open the full article.
Options for getting to the PDF will open in a new window. Sometimes the link will take you to the journal, not the individual article. Use the citation information for the article to get to the right year, volume and issue of the journal.
If the library doesn't have it, request the article for free from Interlibrary Loan: https://library.oregonstate.edu/illiad On average, articles arrive digitally in 13 hours.
Many databases (including Google Scholar) let you save search alerts. This can be helpful if you are researching a topic and want to know when new research comes out on the topic without having to go search in the database. Once you set up an alert, it is generated automatically through either email or RSS feed.
To set up an alert:
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