Physics

Oxford Digital Reference Shelf

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Oxford Reference Library offers over 300,000 "Overview" pages, providing a quick definition for every unique topic;  270 "Timelines"; a new online-only Quotations title; and regularly published topical theme articles.  Reference books are also included.

Many book titles are locked (you'll see a lock icon) because our Library has not purchased access. To see only available works, click "Show full text results only".

The titles available to Trent are listed below, with a direct link. To search within a book, use the "Search within work" box instead of the main search box (to avoid links to unavailable works).

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Each title in this collection is also entered in TOPCAT.

Previously called Oxford Digital Reference Shelf, this database changed name, platform and location in September 2012.  Now there's a search engine to search all books at once, however it includes titles unavailable to Trent, so you'll find locked content. If you are asked to purchase access or to recommend a title to your Library for purchase, it's because we don't have access to that title.  Look for links that don't have a lock icon beside them.

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Varies by title; all recent
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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

In Oxford Reference, the url in the address bar of your browser should work as a stable url.

OED Online

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The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

As the OED is a historical dictionary, its entry structure is very different from that of a dictionary of current English, in which only present-day senses are covered, and in which the most common meanings or senses are described first. For each word in the OED, the various groupings of senses are dealt with in chronological order according to the quotation evidence, i.e. the senses with the earliest quotations appear first, and the senses which have developed more recently appear further down the entry. In a complex entry with many strands, the development over time can be seen in a structure with several 'branches'.

(from the website - see more)

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Ongoing. This is the 2nd edition.

JSTOR

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The JSTOR archive is a searchable database of full-text research journals in a variety of academic disciplines. All articles are full text. Individual journals can be browsed or searched. A search of the entire database can be performed.

See the number of associated journals for each subject covered on the Search screen (click "Browse by subject").

The Trent Library subscribes to the Arts & Sciences I, II, III, IV, V, VI, Arts & Sciences Complement, and Life Sciences (Biological Sciences / Health and General Sciences combined) collections. This includes over 1100 journals. These journals include complete backruns, from the first volume to 3-10 years ago (no current volumes). 

Journals in JSTOR have "moving walls" that define the time lag between the most current issue published and the content available in JSTOR. The majority of journals in the archive have moving walls of between 3 and 5 years, but publishers may elect walls anywhere from zero to 10 years.

New in 2013!  JSTOR also hosts a "Current Scholarship Program", providing current collections of journals.  Trent subscribes to many individual titles, as well as the University of Chicago Press package of 41 titles.

JSTOR, a not-for-profit organization, began in 1994 as a pilot project by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help libraries meet the space and budgetary challenges posed by the growing volume of scholarly research.

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JSTOR does not need to be searched directly to find articles available within it. When you search another major index (such as Historical Abstracts or Sociological Abstracts) and it identifies a citation to a journal that is available through JSTOR, the Getit_sm_trans service will connect us to the article in JSTOR.

Available through a CRKN agreement (renewed for 2014-17).

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Varies by journal. Begins with volume 1 of each journal and often has a "moving wall" that determines which recent volumes are available.
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Ongoing.

CPI.Q

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CPI.Q contains a wealth of Canadian and international periodicals — including Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail; Maclean's weekly magazine; Canadian News Facts; and encyclopedic reference materials, such as the Canadian Parliamentary Guide and Canadian Newsmakers.

Designed to meet the needs of researchers at all levels, it yields a variety of relevant periodical articles, biographies, company profiles, historical documents, science and technology essays, and much more.

Turn to CPI.Q for:

  • Indexing of nearly 700 Canadian periodicals (English and French) with full-text articles from 240 Canadian periodicals
  • A bilingual interface (English and French)
  • Current periodical articles integrated with Canadian biographies, company profiles, historical information and many other types of information
  • Coverage of a broad range of subjects related to Canada
  • Indexing from 1988 to present
  • Full-text articles from 1995 to present

(from the website - edited)

Note that the CPI.Q database includes many popular journal and magazine titles and is not restricted to scholarly journals.

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1988 - present ; full-text coverage 1995 - present
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Daily
Stable URL: 

At the bottom of each full text article find a box that provides a source citation (in MLA format) and a URL.  The URL is a durable link which will connect you back to the article.

  • If you connected to the database by signing in to the proxy server, the proxy is included in the URL. 
  • If "trentu.ca" does NOT appear in your link, add the proxy prefix to allow off-campus access to the Trent community.  (See how.)

If the article is not full text, the durable link will only bring you back to the citation.  Find the full text and use the durable link for that site.

Cambridge Journals

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Over 200 scholarly e-journals from Cambridge University Press, covering all subjects.  They can be browsed by title or subject, or searched as a group.

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Trent subscribes to these journals through the CRKN (Canadian Research Knowledge Network).

These journals are also included in Scholars Portal Journals.  They are listed in TOPCAT.

Coverage: 
1986 - Current
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Monthly
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A DOI is provided for each article.

  • Example: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0021932014000108

Include the Trent proxy prefix to ensure off-campus access to the Trent community.

Britannica Online

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An online encyclopedia consisting of articles from authoritative sources. 

  • Great for background reading on a topic.
  • Links to other books & articles.
  • Includes video, images, sound files, maps, statistics.

This is a public website; Trent no longer subscribes to the academic edition.

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N/A
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Irregular
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Click on "Share" to find a link to the article. 

Annual Reviews

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Annual Reviews offers comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Volumes are published yearly for 46 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences including Economics.  Each year, Annual Reviews critically reviews the most significant primary research literature to guide researchers to the principal contributions of their field and help them keep up to date in their area of research. Each article is its own search engine, providing a gateway to the essential primary research literature referenced within each topic.

Annual Reviews is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide the worldwide scientific community with a useful and intelligent synthesis of the primary research literature for a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines.  These publications are among the most highly cited in scientific literature as indexed by the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® (JCR).

(From the website)

Trent's subscription includes 38 titles (out of the 41 available). 

  • We do NOT subscribe to: Statistics and its Application; Linguistics (new in 2015); Vision Science (new in 2015).

 

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These journals are included in Scholars Portal Journals.

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Volume 1 through to current
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Yearly
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A DOI is provided for each article.

  • Example: 10.1146/annurev-psych-052913-074851

Add the prefix to ensure the link works and provides access to the Trent community from off-campus.

If you access the article on Scholars Portal Journals, use the permalink provided - see example.

APS Journals (American Physical Society)

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The American Physical Society (APS) is a professional organization of physicists. See the APS homepage for information on the many roles it plays. One important function it has is to publish a collection of journals, many of which are highly influential. The Trent library subscribes to these journals.

The APS journals can be divided into three groups:

  1. The journal Reviews of Modern Physics publishes review articles, which tend to be fairly long (50-100 pages) and make a more or less complete presentation of the current status of a particular research area.
  2. The journal Physical Review Letters publishes short articles (4 pages) from all fields of physics which are thought to be important to their own field and to be of interest to those in other fields.
  3. The journals Physical Review A, B, C, D, E publish articles of intermediate length (10-30 pages) which are important to their own field. The letters A through E correspond to specific areas of physics, and ST stands for special topics. Click on each and the subject is listed in the heading.

PROLA is the Physical Review Online Archive.

This database provides access to the most recent information available through all APS journals, including those in PROLA and Physical Review Focus, an online index, society news and events, and articles scheduled for upcoming issues.

Note that Canadian physicists have their own professional organization, the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP). The CAP website has a lot of useful information. The one publication of the CAP is the journal Physics in Canada.

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APS journal articles are indexed in Physical Review Online Archive (PROLA) and users are able to link from PROLA to APS journal articles, where available.

Coverage: 
1986 - current
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As new issues are released.
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A DOI is listed at the bottom of each article.

  • Example: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.91.134501

Be sure the proxy information is included, to ensure access to the Trent community from off-campus.

AIP Journals (American Institute of Physics)

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We subscribe to a select set of journals from this collection.  The system does NOT allow us to limit searches to those we subscribe to, however.  You must select a particular journal and browse it, or search all journals, including those for which we don't have full-text.

As of 2015, includes 9 journals from the American Institute of Physics (AIP):

And 7 Society journals:

No longer inlcuded (as of 2014): Journal of Physics and Chemical Reference Data

The following titles were previously available through AIP, but are now purchased from American Physical Society (APS):

  • Physical Review A- E
  • Physical Review Letters
  • Reviews of Modern Physics
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Each title is browseable, but there is no search engine that searches all 16journals at once.  Suggested use of these journals:

  • If you already have a citation, use E-Journals A-Z to locate the article.
  • If you want to find articles on a topic, use Web of Science to identify useful articles, and Get It! Trent to link to the articles.
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1999 - current
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Regularly, as new issues are released.
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There's a DOI provided at the top of each article.

  • Example: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4916644

Check that the proxy is included, to ensure Trent users can access from off-campus.

Academic Search Elite

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Academic Search Elite provides full text for more than 2,000 journals, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all 3,484 journals in the collection.

This database offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more. Examples of titles offered in Academic Search Elite include: American Historical Review, American Journal of Political Science, American Libraries, American Sociologist, British Journal of Psychology, British Journal of Sociology, Central European History, Contemporary Literature, Early American Literature, Journal of Social Psychology, Library Journal, Social Forces, Sociological Review, Theological Studies, Women's Studies, etc.

In addition to journal coverage, Academic Search Elite provides full text information from a variety of source-types such as scholarly monographs. The majority of full text titles are available in native (searchable) PDF, or scanned-in-color. Full text information in this database dates as far back as 1985. (from the website)

Academic Search Elite is a database from EBSCO publishers. See more information on the EBSCO site.

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Mobile Access

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1985-current
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Daily
Stable URL: 

In Academic Search Elite, click on "Permalink" from the right-side menu to get the stable url for an item.

  • Example:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=afh&AN=23975219&site=ehost-live

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:  http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

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