• Inside the Gale Virtual Reference Library, browse “Science” for specialized reference books.
  • Gale “Science in Context” – reference, magazine and journal articles, videos, images.
  • JSTOR (Journal articles that are at least 6 months old… includes some seminal research)
  • Proquest E-book Central (full text e-books… many are recent publications from leading universities, including PhD theses.)
  • Academic One File (inside the GALE databases) – includes journal articles for advanced learners. Use “Advanced Search.”
  • Visit the Arlington Public Library’s Research Resources for additional science databases.  All you need to use them is your library card.
  • Updated, cutting edge research! American Physical Society:  APS issued devices are authenticated to access the cutting edge research articles from the American Physical Society that follow:
    APS Journals Homepage:
    Physical Review Letters (PRL) (brief important papers, all topics in physics):
    Physical Review A (atomic, molecular, and optical physics):
    Physical Review B (condensed matter and materials physics):
    Physical Review C (nuclear physics):
    Physical Review D (particles, fields, gravitation and cosmology): Physical Review E (statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics): Physical Review X (open access articles, all topics of physics):
    Physical Review Applied (applied physics):
    Reviews of Modern Physics (in-depth articles, all topics in physics): Physical Review Special Topics – Accelerators and Beams:
    Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research:
    APS Journal Archive (back to 1893):
    Upon accessing these journals, your users will see a message as follows: “Access provided through the APS Public Access Program and Arlington Public Schools.” In addition APS offers several publications and informational websites that are available free to all users, with no registration or subscription required:
    Physics (highlighting significant papers from APS journals):
    Physics Central (educational/informational site about physics, for students and the public):
    American Physical Society homepage:


Recommended Internet Sources:

Research Efficiently:

When searching with broad terms in a database, combine your terms with the Boolean Operator “AND” in all caps.   Some search engines support Boolean searching in their “advanced search” menu. When approaching a new-to-you science topic, begin in a reference source and search for the field of study as the SUBJECT AND the dependent variable as a KEYWORD.   For example:  PHYSICS (as the subject) and PROJECTILES (as a keyword.)

Science in Context


As you become more creative, focused and flexible with your search terms, adjust the Boolean Operators (#1 and 2) as well as the options in #3-7 to broaden or narrow your search findings on the “Advanced Search” screen.  Tip: When using such menus as show below, be very careful with the settings in 3-5 because the default settings probably need your adjustment.

Science in Context


Internet-based Visual Demonstrations of Physical Forces:

Physlets from Davidson College:

Physlets from Compadre:

Astronomy: Gaia Videos