Your subject page provides links to key subject resources available in the library and online, accessible both on and off campus, guides about using information for your studies and links to additional resources. 

Subject Resources

Reading Lists

The simplest and quickest way to find good quality academic reading relevant to your lectures and assignments is to search for the online reading list using your module code. This will link you directly to eBooks and articles in eJournals as well as trustworthy websites.  These lists can also be accessed via SurreyLearn.

Information sources for your subject

Subject databases are online searchable collections providing access to a range of information including journal articles, newspapers and trade papers. Some databases will link to the full text of articles, others will only provide the reference.  

Key databases for Physics are IOP Historic Archive, Science Direct, MATHnetBASE, IEEE (physics, electronics and computing) and JSTOR.

For Abstracts and Indexes to Physics literature use INSPEC, Web of Science, Scopus and Science Citation Index.

Referencing for your subject

Literature Searching Guide

Additional Resources

Journals and eJournals (electronic journals)

eBooks (electronic books)

Useful collections for Computing textbooks are SpringerLink, Wiley-Blckwell, Safari Books Online, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Ebrary and Knovel.  These can be found using SurreySearch.

Revision and past exam papers 

Previous exam papers provided by your department are available and can help you prepare for your own exams when used as part of the revision process. You can search for the past exam papers you need by name or by module code. If you have any questions or can't find the paper you require, your department may be able to help you.

Copyright Information

Accessing other libraries (SCONUL Access) 

Inter-library Loans

Standards and Patents


Subject specific resources

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).  


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.

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.

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