Information resources


Databases enable you to search across a large range of academic journals, reports and conference proceedings. They don’t necessarily give you direct access to full text articles, but you can use the SFX button to identify what we have access to and then link directly to the full text of our subscribed titles.

Four databases particularly relevant to mathematics and physics are:


Which gives access to:

ISI Current Contents Connect

Bibliographic records from leading scholarly journals and books as well as carefully evaluated websites. Updated daily.

ISI Web of Science

Multi-disciplinary bibliographic database which indexes around 12,000 high impact journals and over 150,000 conference proceedings. Updated weekly.

Web of Science tutorial from Imperial College London.

ISI Journal Citation Reports

Provides statistical data to enable evaluation of research journals.

MATHSCINET (contains Mathematical Reviews)

Includes reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information. Over 100,000 items added each year and classified according to the Mathematics Subject Classification. Bibliographic information goes back to 1864. Updated daily.

MathSciNet tutorials

INSPEC (available at Imperial via the Engineering Village platform)

Comprehensive index to literature in physics, electrical/electronic engineering, computing, control engineering, information technology, production, manufacturing and mechanical engineering. Also significant coverage of materials science, oceanography, nuclear engineering, geophysics, biomedical engineering and biophysics from the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Updated weekly and coverage back to 1969.


Gives access to the IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) which is a databank of IEEE and IET publications including periodicals, current standards, conference and symposium proceedings. Complete coverage back to 1988 and selected coverage back to 1952.

Do remember that we subscribe to these titles, so there are access restrictions in place. See our How to access electronic resources web page for further info.

Open access repositories

Open access repositories are web-based and give free access to the research papers contained within them. See our repositories page for a more comprehensive overview of repositories. See our open access page for information about open access publishing.


Open access to e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science and quantitative biology.


Database of high energy physics literature from CERN, DESY, Fermilab and SLAC.


See the Maths subject page and the Physics subject page for further information on relevant online resources including e-journal content.


Index to Theses

Covers doctoral dissertations accepted by universities in Great Britain and Ireland. Also includes Master’s theses. Includes content from 1716 onwards.

Proquest dissertations & theses (PQDT)

Covers doctoral dissertations accepted at accredited American institutions in all subject areas. Also includes Master’s theses and some dissertations from non-US institutions. Includes content from 1861 onwards.


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