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PHYS/ASTR 040: Expanding Ideas of Time and Space: Articles & Books

A guide with library resources for this course.

Accessing Nature

Nature Publishing Group holds an enormous collection of highly-valued scholarly journals. A for-profit publisher, Nature merged with another publisher, Springer, in recent years — branding is slowly transitioning to Springer Nature. Nature Publishing Group began as a general-purpose journal called Nature that has since split into multiple sub-journals in disciplinary topics. They have a blog platform for scientists and journal editors (included on Popular Science Resources).

The way you can access most Nature content is to visit the website, Nature Journals Online, where our coverage begins in 1869. We also the primary Nature journal (called Nature) in print:

Nature Astronomy and several physics journals are likely very relevant to this course. A full list of journals is available here:

Boolean It!

Boolean searching allows you to customize how you search for things in academic databases, and it's based on a few key pieces of syntax: AND, OR, NOT, (), and "". 


When you put two terms into an academic database, AND is usually implied: You usually want both words in fluid inclusions to appear in your search results. You could just as easily write:

fluid AND inclusions

OR and ""

But let's say that I want to find something about extrasolar planets. However, there was a terminology change around 2007, after which people started using the term exoplanets. If I want articles from both eras, I can do the following:

exoplanets OR "extrasolar planets"

What this tells my database is that I don't care which term appears in the results. I just want one of them. In addition, I want extrasolar planets to be searched as a phrase. (This also works in Google with song lyrics.)


What if I'm looking for women in STEM (science, engineering, mathematics, and technology) fields, though? Try it. You'll see a lot of resources on stem cells. This is where the NOT operator is helpful:

women stem NOT cell NOT "clinical trial" NOT "stem cells"

Of course, Google and Google Scholar work differently. Instead of NOT, use a - to make it look like this:

women stem -cell -"clinical trial" -"stem cells"

Everything and ()

Or, of course, we could do this with everything (and here parentheses signify order of operations):

women AND ("stem" OR science) NOT cell NOT "stem cells"

Searching Articles+

Accessing Library Books

How Do Call Numbers Work? (Mostly Relevant to Physical Books)

Finding Articles

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