Guide to Shelfmarks
Electronic Books
Abstracting and Indexing
Online Databases
Other Useful Library Resources
Other Web Links


 Guide to Shelfmarks

The main collections of books can be found on Levels 4 and 5 of the Library.

Books in heavy demand are placed in the Short Loan Collection on the ground floor. The Short Loan Collection contains 1 day loan books; 7 day loan books are shelved with the ordinary loan books on the upper levels.

Use the Library catalogue to find the exact shelfmark and location for each book. If you are searching for books on a particular topic, use a keyword search.

Books with key chemical and physical data are kept in the Quick Reference section on Level 1, and at shelfmark 53.081 on Level 5.



Printed Journals

These are kept in the library. Search by the journal title on the Library catalogue to find out where a journal is shelved. Some current issues are shelved on Level 1.

Electronic Journals

The A-Z e-journal list links to the full-text electronic journals available by the University of Surrey . You can find there access information and tutorials on how to do research. You can view the full-text articles on screen and save, email, print them, create alerts for searches etc. Collections of Science e-journals are available at these sites (follow links from A-Z page).


 Electronic Books

You can use the Electronic Books page to access eBooks on Physics. The most useful collections for Physics textbooks will be the CRCnetBase , Ebrary for the Hutchinson Pocket Dictionary of Physics and the Hutchinson Trends in Science: Physics and Knovel . For dictionaries on Physics try Credo Reference for the New Penguin Dictionary of Physics .

There are also links from reading list titles on the Library catalogue to electronic versions of the text - look for "e-link"


 Abstracting and Indexing

Inspec provides access to the world's literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers, computing and information technology abstracts from 1969 onwards.

ISI Web of Knowledge : Web of Science (Science Citation Index)Explore the world's leading citation database with multidisciplinary coverage of over 10,000 high-impact journals including the sciences

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Nearly 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers , including coverage of 16,500 peer-reviewed journals.

Science Citation Index : a multidisciplinary database that provides access to the bibliographic information and cited references of all items published in 5,800 major journals across 164 scientific disciplines. 1900 onwards


 Online Databases

Online Databases are the best way to find out what journal articles, conference papers, working papers etc have been published on a particular topic. Some databases will link to the full text of articles, others will only supply bibliographic details. Online databases important for Physics are:

IOP Historic Archive , The full text of 30 journals (and their previous titles) from the Institute of Physics , from 1874 to 1998

Science Direct ScienceDirect contains the full text of more than 1,600 Elsevier Science journals

Scirus Searching more than 167 million science-related pages

Mathnetbase The full text of 90 books including physics

IEEE (physics, electronics and computing)

JSTOR archive (mathematics and statistics)


 Other Useful Library Resources


The Library takes certain daily British broadsheet newspapers. Recent copies are on Level 1 of the Library and older copies are kept on Level 2.

British newspapers and a huge variety of international papers can also be read electronically on Nexis.

Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985: The complete digital edition of The Times (London) capturing the entire newspaper, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

Also of interest may be The Times (1910-1999) and The Sunday Times (1970-1999) which are held on microform on Level 2 of the Library.


The Library's printed statistics collection is on Level 2. The collection includes statistics from the British Government and international organisations. There are two sequences in the statistics collection, books/monographs all with the shelfmark beginning 31 and also statistical periodicals shelved in A-Z order by title.

Check Statnetbase The full text of 70 books in the field of statistics

Some useful websites are:

National Statistics - The site for the UK 's official statistics, it includes information on the economy, population, and society

ESDS International - This is a database only available by using your Athens username and password. ESDS International provides access to a range of datasets including macro data from OECD, IMF, World Bank and IEA.

Eurostat -The EU Statistical Office. It is possible to view structural, long, and short term indicators free of charge as well as the online version of Statistics in Focus which provides information on key statistical surveys.


The EDC collection is on Level 2 of the Library and contains a variety of materials produced by the Official Publications Office and other agencies and institutions of the EU.

Guide to Referencing

Look at the help pages provided by the University of Surrey.

Further guides are available from:

University of Birmingham and Bournemouth University (especially good for guidance on citing electronic references)

Also look at Pears, R. A and Shields, G. (2013) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 9th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. which is available in the Library at 808.02 PEA

Exam papers

Online Exam Papers are available from 2003.

Standards and Patents

This page tells you which sets of standards are available for use in the Library and on the web and where to find them. The University Library subscribes to the complete set of British Standards Online.

The library does not keep copies of patents. You can search for worldwide patents via the UK Patent Office web site but you cannot obtain the full text online. Once you have identified a patent you want, you can obtain a copy through the Interlibrary loan service


 Useful Web Links


The Virtual Training Suite offers free tutorials on Internet research skills to help with your university course.


Eric Weisstein's world of physics an online encyclopaedia of physics with a range of definitions.

Encyclopedia of astronomy and astrophysics many astronomy and astrophysics full-text articles.

Online textbooks

Polymers and liquid crystals a virtual textbook and a virtual laboratory that provide a basic introduction at undergraduate level to polymers, liquid crystals and liquid crystal displays.

Newtonian physics. Benjamin Crowell an introduction to mechanics and dynamics through looking at motion in one dimension and in three dimensions, first principles, velocity, acceleration and the analysis of forces and a study of vectors, circular motion and gravity.

Companion website for physics. Principles with applications, 6E companion website to accompany and complement Giancoli's Physics: principles with applications, 6th ed. Objectives for each chapter are set out, with accompanying practice questions, applications, and further resources.  SpringerLink access to books, book series, reference works and journals from the publisher Springer. Some electronic books are freely available, including:

Principles of charged particle acceleration accessible to graduate students in physics and electrical engineering.

Principles of semiconductor devices basic principles of common semiconductor devices.

Essential physics I an introduction to classical and special relativity, Newtonian dynamics and gravitation, Einsteinian dynamics and gravitation, and wave motion.

Online lectures

MIT OpenCourseWare: physics a web-based publication of virtually all course content from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  

World lecture hall links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver course materials in any language. Materials are organised into subject categories and may include course syllabi, assignments, lecture notes, exams, class calendars, multimedia textbooks, etc.


Surrey Research Insight our own repository of papers written by University of Surrey Academics. e-print archive a Cornell University resource is an automated electronic archive and distribution server for research papers in physics and related disciplines. Authors can submit their papers to the archive.

E-print network a free service of the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) a gateway to thousands of websites and databases worldwide, containing e-prints in basic and applied sciences.

Index to theses primary research literature from UK universities in all subject areas, including physics, over 500,000 theses are indexed.

OpenDOAR access to repositories worldwide and provides a trial search service for the full-text of material held in open access repositories listed in the Directory.

Open access journals

SAO/NASA astrophysics data system article service access to scanned images of journals, conference proceedings and books in astronomy and astrophysics.

IOP electronic journals. This month's papers a service of the Institute of Physics (IoP) that makes freely available all papers published in IoP journals for 30 days from the date of online publications. Non-subscribers are required to register free of charge for a login account.

Directory of open access journals (DOAJ) provides access to hundreds of quality controlled, open access journals across numerous subject areas, including physics and astronomy. This service is hosted, maintained and partly funded by Lund University Libraries Head Office.

Scitation the online journal publishing service of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and other professional societies, including the American Physical Society (APS).

Inspec a database for physicists. It covers the world's scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications etc.

Other library catalogues

COPAC a union catalogue, giving free access to the merged online catalogues of many of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland plus the British Library. It contains records of over 31 million library resources.

British Library catalogues on the Web The British Library is the national library of the UK and receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland . Their catalogues list over 150 million items held in the collections - most of which can be ordered by inter-library loan from your local library.

Other libraries' Web catalogues A list of other library catalogues on the Internet, including the national libraries of other countries.

Physics internet search tools

Physlink: physics and astronomy online a physics and astronomy online education, research and reference website. It is aimed at students and educators, physicists and engineers.

Physical sciences resource center the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) offers links to a wide range of teaching and learning resources in the physical sciences.


Institute of Physics an international professional body established to promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and education in the science of physics, pure and applied.

American Institute of Physics established in 1931 for promoting the advancement and diffusion of knowledge of physics and its applications.

European Physical Society an international forum to discuss science and policy issues relating to physics.

Max Planck Institut für Physik (Werner Heisenberg Institut) devoted mainly to studies of the fundamental constituents of matter, their interactions, and the role they play in astrophysics.


ZETOC: z-electronic table of contents a searchable database of the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents. This includes around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year dating back to 1993, and is updated on a daily basis. It includes an email alerting service.

IOP conferences listings of all the forthcoming Institute conferences and events. physics listings of current and future conferences, trade events, conventions, exhibitions, etc.

Web of conferences a portal entirely dedicated to scientific conferences by providing an international meetings calendar.


Physics ArXiv blog a range of physics-related material.

Institute of Physics blog relates both to the Institute of Physics and to the broad issues of physics.

Cosmic variance a blog by a group of physicists and astrophysicists. It includes links to other physics and astrophysics blogs.


The tangent bundle. Physics project a repository for ideas in physics.

Qwiki a quantum physics wiki devoted to the collective creation of technical content for practicing scientists.

SklogWiki dedicated to the thermodynamics of simple liquids, complex fluids, and soft condensed matter.


Widgetbox. Physics a number of physics widgets, together with the number of installs.

Email discussion lists

Physsci-education mailing list hosted by JISCmail, is intended for teachers of the physical sciences in UK higher education.

Astro-education mailing list hosted by JISCmail, covers educational issues in astronomy for the UK higher education 

News weekly news alerts, headline news, blogs, etc. from the Institute of Physics .

Inside science news service a digest of science news from the American Institute of Physics. the latest physics and technology news from around the world taken from verified news sites.

For further information please contact

Evi Tramantza

Academic Liaison Librarian - Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

T: 01483 68 2874
Room number: 02 LB 02

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