Hello. I'm Simon French and I am your Subject Librarian.

These pages are designed to help you get the most out of our resources for Maths and Physics. Please get in touch with any questions, I'm here to help! Click to chat.

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Printed Materials

Printed Materials

The main collection of printed material e.g. books, journals, reference and quick reference for Mathematics and Physics is found in the Physical Sciences Library

Key areas:

Q Science (General)
QA Mathematics
QA150 Algebra
QA 276 Statistics
QA 303 Calculus
QA 440 Geometry
QA 801 Analytical mechanics
QA 843 Dynamics
QA 901 Fluid mechanics
QB Astronomy
QC Physics
QC189.5 Rheology
QC 221-246 Acoustics
QC 350-467 Optics
QC 501-766 Electricity and magnetism
QC 770-798 Nuclear and particle physics
QC 851-999 Meteorology/Climatology
T Technology
TA General engineering
TJ Mechanical engineering
TK Electrical engineering

Electronic Resources

Electronic Resources

PubMed "comprises more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites".

ZETOC Electronic Table of Content Search and current awareness tool from the British Library to help you keep up to date with latest developments in your field. Zetoc can provide you with regular emails detailing table of contents from selected journals.

Annual Reviews. "Since 1932, Annual Reviews has offered comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Annual Reviews volumes are published each year for 46 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences including Economics. Each year, Annual Reviews critically reviews the most significant primary research literature to guide researchers to the principal contributions of their field and help them keep up to date in their area of research. Each article is its own search engine, providing a gateway to the essential primary research literature referenced within each topic.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). DOAJ indexes and provides access to nearly nine thousand high quality peer-reviewed journals.

JSTOR Multi disciplinary archive of academic journals, books and pamphlets.

OCLC FirstSearch. 2FirstSearch is an online reference search tool that delivers quality content from WorldCat and other quality, respected databases. it provides access to more than 361 million records via WorldCat."

Wolfram mathworld. "MathWorld currently features a number of innovative interactive elements that enhance its usability for a variety of different readers. These features include:

ResearchGATE. "Our mission is to connect researchers and make it easy for them to share and access scientific output, knowledge, and expertise. On ResearchGate they find what they need to advance their research".

ScienceDirect - Journals (Elsevier). Contains large collection of Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering publications.

MathSciNet. "is an electronic publication offering access to a carefully maintained and easily searchable database of reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature. MathSciNet® contains almost 3 million items and over 1.7 million direct links to original articles. Bibliographic data from retrodigitized articles dates back to the early 1800s. Reference lists are collected and matched internally from approximately 550 journals, and citation data for journals, authors, articles and reviews is provided.  This web of citations allows users to track the history and influence of research publications in the mathematical sciences."

Insitute of Physics Journals (IOP Science). "OPscience has been designed to make it easy for researchers to discover relevant content and manage their research information. With IOPscience you can:

  • Speed up your research: find relevant content quickly with enhanced search filtering
  • Save time: re-run previous searches, tagging your favorite articles
  • Keep up to date: receive RSS feeds and email alerts when new content is published
  • Access more content: view articles plus preprints and news
  • Interact and share: embrace social bookmarking to share articles
  • Discover related research: explore relevant articles based on subject classification codes
  • Make it personal: customize your alerts, save articles of interest, and view newly published articles within your subject areas"

American Chemical Society Publications. ACS Publications publishes nearly 50 journals for the world's largest and most influential scientific society, providing the worldwide scientific community with cutting-edge research from the most-cited, peer-reviewed publications in the chemical and related sciences. The collection also includes ebooks.

Royal Society of Chemistry Journals. "Over 238,000 peer reviewed articles of ground-breaking chemical science published by the Royal Society of Chemistry"

CERN Document Server

Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

American Physical Society (APS) Journals

 American Institute of Physics

Earth and Space Index (AGU)


Finding and using journal articles off-campus:

Part 1 - setting up a VPN connection (2:55)

Part 2 - searching for journal articles (1:38)



Why not try these free Computer Science E-Books recommended by your department:

Green Tea Press


O'Reilly Books and Video



Information Skills

Information Skills

See our Information Skills for information on:

  • finding printed materials in the library
  • finding and evaluating electronic information
  • keeping up to date in your subject of study
  • effective study and bibliographic referencing
  • library induction and skills training

There are also useful online tutorials for your subject covering key online information skills - try the tutorials for Mathematics, Physics and Mechanical Engineering.

Special Collections

Special Collections

The University's collections contain a wide range of materials, including theses and past papers. You can find details of all our collections Collections

The following may be of particular interest to Mathematics and Physics students:

The Scott Blair Collection

Academic Staff

Academic Staff

Your subject librarian can provide skills training for students and staff, resource evaluation and more. For full details see Academic Staff