The quickest way to find articles on a specific topic is by searching a database.
Otago University subscribes to hundreds of databases, but the ones to the right are a good start for physics students and researchers. Thousands of journals are indexed on these databases, and they contain millions of indexed articles. See the suggested guides under each recommended database, or contact your subject librarian for help.
Databases often give access to full text content, but the amount of full text content available can vary. Other databases just have bibliographic information like the title, author(s), journal of publication (with the volume, issue and page numbers), and year of publication.
You can search for the full text of an article, even if it is not available on the database you are searching, by using the 'Article Link' tool. See the 'Article Link' box below to find out more.
If 'Article Link' does not find a full text version of the article you are after you can still get it through the library's interloans service. See the 'Get It Interloan' box at the bottom of this page for details.
Use Library Search | Ketu to find research articles across many databases.
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Search for topic words or the "Title of the Article" (within quotation marks). E.g.:
Masselink, G. & Puleo, J. A. 2006. Swash-zone morphodynamics. Continental Shelf Research, 26, 661-680.
Search the title (e.g. Continental Shelf Research) in the Library Catalogue, limited to Journals, to see if the Library holds the volume (e.g.26) and issue (if given) the article was published in. Choose Get It for paper copies or View It for online access.
Article Link helps you access fulltext research articles in databases that the University of Otago Library subscribes to, and Google Scholar.
You may see Article Link represented as:
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Library users can search for items then create requests for items not held by the University of Otago Library, and monitor the progress of those requests.
Article requests are free.
A small sample of the Geography journals available through Library Search | Ketu.