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Astronomy: Get Articles

This guide provides information about databases, books, and data archives/resources of particular interest to astronomy-centric researchers and students at Yale.

Theses and Dissertations

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) provides a very comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses and is the official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress. The database provides full text for most dissertations after 1997, and older materials that have not been digitized are available for purchase as printed copies.

Beyond the ADS

Tricks for Using the ADS

ADS classic versus integrated search

As described above, you can use two search interfaces:

ADS Classic (left): 

ADS Bumblebee (right):

ADS Bumblebee now has a "classic" version that combines some of the features from ADS Classic with the intuitive design of Integrated Search. Find it by clicking the "Classic" tab:

Database description: The ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 9.6 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints. The main body of data in the ADS consists of bibliographic records, which are searchable through highly customizable query forms, and full-text scans of much of the astronomical literature which can be browsed or searched via their full-text search interface.

Other important search features are available, including the ability to look at historical astronomy and physics literature. Here is a site map that provides you with additional searching options:

Key ADS Takeaways in Classic Search

Tricks to make the classic interface work for you:

  1. Turn off synonym searching if your results seem irrelevant. It's all the way at the bottom in the classic interface.
  2. Case matters: and and And will return different results, as And is an abbreviation for the Andromeda Galaxy. There are other examples of this.
  3. Wildcard searches: ? signifies a single character and can be used anywhere in a word; * can only be used at the beginning or ending of a word.
  4. ^NAME$ will find only single-authored papers by a person: This combines ^, which finds the first author, and $, which finds the last author.
  5. Boolean operators work: AND, OR, NOT, and order-of-operations parentheses.

Here are some example searches that illuminate pieces above, which you are free to run in ADS:

x-ray binaries

xray OR x-ray binaries (note: dash is significant)

x-ray binaries And

x-ray binaries *luminous

x-ray binaries NGC10??

x-ray binaries ^Sivakoff, Gregory

x-ray binaries Sivakoff, Gregory$

x-ray binaries ^Sivakoff, Gregory$

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