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This is a guide for finding information in physics.

Why use databases?

Why Use Databases?

Databases are subscription resources that bring articles from a variety of magazines and/or journals into one place with a sophisticated search engine.  Many of the databases allow you to read the entire article online. All databases that UMD Libraries subscribe to can be accessed through Database Finder.

Library Databases vs Search Engines

This tutorial explains the differences between a subscription based library database and a free search engine. It explains when and how to use each. 


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Most Useful Databases

Core Databases


The University of Maryland subscribes to hundreds of article databases and each one covers a specific range of subjects. Below is a list of databases which you may find helpful in locating articles on your topic of interest.

However, there are many more listed in Database Finder.

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Other Databases

Databases for preprints, and other resources for physics