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PHYS 362: Modern Physics + Physics Nobel Winners: Journals + Databases

A Research Guide to assist students in their Nobel Laureate Project.

Physics Databases

Databases are accessible on or off campus. Your 14-digit student ID number is used for authentication from outside Kettering's network. 

If you do not have your student number, please contact the library.

Backward + Forward Citation Searching

Citation searching, sometimes called cited reference searching, refers to finding articles that have cited a previously published older work (i.e. following research forward). Citation searching can also include looking at the citations within a paper (i.e. the Reference List) to trace research backwards.

The number of times a paper is cited in the work of others can be an indication of its usefulness. Through citation searching, you can discover how a known idea or innovation has been confirmed, applied, improved, extended, or corrected. Citation analysis can also be used to identify emerging areas of research, identify a field's leading researchers and to assess research output.



The Kettering database Web of Science has a 'Citation Network' box next to each article. This gives a snapshot of how many times the article was cited (forward citation searching) and how many cited references the article contains (backward citation searching.) 

The Citation Map below shows a visualization of both backward and forward citation searching. Note that only articles included inside Web of Science are counted.

Top Physics Journals

Kettering subscribes to 15 of the 20 most common cited journals in physics as determined by Journal Citation Reports. Those journals are listed below and are a good place to start your research.

Your 14-digit student ID number is used for authentication from outside Kettering's network. (arXiv journals are Open Access and work anywhere)


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