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If you have enough information (as is found in a bibliographic citation) to identify an article, look up the journal by title in the Library Catalogue. Be sure you look it up by the title of the journal, not the title of the article.
The catalogue entry might give you one or more links to the online version of the journal, or it might give you a call number for the print journal.
If the library doesn't have the journal, or doesn't have the issue that you need, you can order the article through Interlibrary Loan.
Finding Articles on a Topic
You can search for articles on a topic by searching bibliographic databases.
Bibliographic databases fall into two categories:
Publisher databases are databases produced by publishers as a way to deliver their content. They have the advantage that newly-published content appears immediately. They have the disadvantage that they contain only content from a particular publisher.
Non-publisher databases contain content from many different publishers. They have the inverse advantage and disadvantage: They have content from many publishers, but there might be a slight time lag from when articles are published to when they appear in the database.
Best Bets for Physics
arXiv.org—A large preprint database of articles in physics and some other sciences.
Web of Science indexes over 8,000 international journals in the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Additionally, this database allows you to learn who has cited a particular article, and also offers navigation to electronic full-text journal articles.
Over 1800 full-text journals from Elsevier Science. Major subject areas: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, business, economics, engineering, environment, earth sciences, medicine, mathematics, physics, and psychology. The University of Regina Library has a current license to access the full text of over 1800 of the journal titles back to 1995 (1993 for Academic Press titles) as well as access to several subject backfile collections with coverage from volume 1, issue 1. Selected books are also available.
SciFinder (classic version)
The classic version of SciFinder has been discontinued by the publisher, effective August 5, 2022. SciFinder-n can be accessed with an existing SciFinder ID and password.
Scifinder is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Regina for educational, research, and non-commercial personal use. "Walk-in" users of the University of Regina Library are not permitted to access this resource.
Not all materials listed in Google Scholar are freely available, however,Google Scholar allows linking to the University of Regina Library subscriptions.
If you are on campus, Google Scholar recognizes your location and automatically shows you the link to the library materials: GetIt@Uregina.
If you are off campus you must add the University of Regina collection in your Google Scholar settings. For information on how this is done see the Instructions