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Astrophysics Research Guide

Core Resources

An electronic preprint (e-print) service in the fields of astrophysics, physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science and quantitative biology.
Funded by NASA, ADS maintains 3 bibliographic databases - Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics and Geophysics, and ArXiv Preprints - containing more than 8.5 million records, and digital scans of archival materials.
Comprehensive review of the literature in astronomy and astrophysics. Can help students identify major trends in the field as well as find general overviews of research in specific subject areas.
Proceedings of IAU Symposia, Transactions A and B, and Highlights of Astronomy contain high-quality and timely previews and reviews of fundamental and state-of-the-art astrophysical developments around the world.
Web of Science (ISI)  (Sciences (1900+), Social Sciences (1898+), and Arts and Humanities (1975+).)
Multidisciplinary index to journal literature in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Offers the option to find cited references, which are the authors lists of articles used in their research.
INSPEC  (1896+)
The major bibliographic database concentrating on astronomy and astrophysics, physics, electrical and electronic engineering, information technology, computer and control systems, and manufacturing, production engineering, and information technology.

Important Resources

Collection of conference proceedings presented at physics related meetings around the world. The database search includes full text for conferences from 1970 to present.
Online services include SIMBAD, a database of bibliographic and other information for more than 4,870,493 astronomical objects, searchable by object name; VizieR, over 8,369 astronomical catalogs and data tables; and Aladin, an interactive software sky atlas which allows one to visualize digitized images of any part of the sky.
Searchable database of 2,500 specially commissioned, peer-reviewed and continually updated articles, or browsable A-Z by subject category
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Offers access to the KnowItAll U reference collection of over 1.3 million spectra including structures and chemical property information; includes IR, UV/Vis, NMR, Raman and mass spectra.
Group VI includes astronomical instruments, position and time determination, astronomical constants, abundances of the elements in the universe, the solar system, the stars, special types of stars, star clusters and associations, the stellar system, and galaxies.
Unified e-library from CRC Press offers e-books on topics ranging from astrophysics to quantum physics, materials science, to optoelectronics.
Collection of information technology and programming books, mostly published by O'Reilly which allows searching for code examples and specific technical information

Related Resources

Collection of pointers to astronomy-related information available on the Internet, containing well over 3,000 links to research groups, telescopes, observing schedules, databases, preprints and many other resources.
Online access to Albert Einstein's manuscripts held by the Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and to an extensive Archival Database, digitized manuscripts, and finding aids.
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: Full Text  (1861+; full text 1997+)  
Access to citations and abstracts for every title in the Dissertation Abstracts database. Dissertations written from 1997 forward are available full text. The database includes citations to dissertations from 1861 to those accepted last semester. Citations for dissertations and master's theses published from 1980 forward have abstracts.

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