Resources for Physics Undergraduates    

Getting Started

New: Find it Faster

To access relevant information for your course:

  1. Start at the Library Catalogue and choose Title Search from the dropdown menu.
  2. Input your Course Code e.g. DT235
  3. Choose from the list of links to e-dissertations, exam papers, dissertation lists or program documents.




  • So why use eJournals? Journals contain academic research which is not found in textbooks. Information is published on a monthly or weekly basis and consists of breakthroughs and reports on current research.
  • The DIT Library physics ejournals can be searched by journal title or subject. Or search the entire journal collection including hardcopy titles on the Library Catalogue using Journal Title Search.  Click on a title to open the fulltext or use the Kevin St Library guide Finding fulltext journal articles


  • Browse via the eBooks link: most of the physics titles are located in MyiLibraryOr search for a specific e-textbook on the Library Catalogue.

Subject Links


Kevin St Guides to Project Resources

Download and use these guides to help you get started with an assignment or project

Assignment & Information Skills Resources

First Year
  1. Finding information for a first year assignment
  2. Evaluating Web Resources
  3. Finding fulltext journal articles
  4. Journal article critical reviews : how to get started
  5. Referencing and citing
Final year
  1. Finding information for a final year project
  2. Finding fulltext journal articles
  3. Databases and effective search strategies
  4. Evaluating Web Resources
  5. How to use Google Scholar
  6. Referencing and citing

Subject Databases for Physics

Why use these as opposed to google or other search engines? Subject databases index current scholarly research on various topics published in thousands of academic journals and are the ideal way to find out what’s new in your subject. You may need to use several to locate the information you need as no single database indexes every journal publication.

Try the following Kevin St Library Guides to get started:

Please note the following:
  • NB The ACM Digital Library core subscription contains the full-text of the ACM Journals and Transactions, but NOT the Conference Proceedings. See the Back Up Resources section below for full-text options.
  • To access the DIT databases from outside the DIT network see the Off Campus Access link for more information.
  • See also the full list of DIT Library databases and passwords

 Search Engines

Citing Your Sources

Correctly citing and referencing the information sources used in research is essential to avoid plagiarism. See the Kevin St Library Referencing and citing guide for introduction purposes. Another useful link is How to Avoid Plagiarism. Each subject has it's own citation style such as the  Harvard Style (author / date system) or the Numeric Style. Check with your School of Physics course co-ordinator as to the appropriate style and version for your work.

Use the following citation style guides as necessary, but remember to pick one citation method and use it consistently:

Journal Abbreviations

Abbreviated journal titles may be required depending on the citation style used. Some useful tools which 'translate' the full journal title into the abbreviated version are:

    1. Web of Science Journals
    2. CASSI
    3. ALL that JAS

Bibliographic citation software

Various freeware options can be used to manage, cite and store your citations:
    1. Endnote Basic
    2. Zotero
    3. ReadCube
    4. REFolution
    5. ColWiz
    6. CiteThisForMe

Back Up Resources

 If you need additional resources see Using Other Libraries and Inter Library Loans for further options.


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