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Physics Collections in Cambridge

There are many specialist print and online resources for Physics in Cambridge. These pages give you an overview of the resources and research support that libraries can offer.

What's on this guide?

On this guide, you'll find:

  • Information about and access to physic resources , both print and online, that you have access to in Cambridge
  • Details of other libraries that might be relevant to your study or research
  • How to recommend books and other resources that you think will be useful


Open Access means making published research freely available to anyone with an internet connection rather than keeping this work behind a subscription paywall. Research can be shared either through the deposit of work in a repository or by publishing in a journal that makes the work freely available immediately.

Open Access has many benefits: it results in more exposure and higher citation rates for researchers, practitioners can access outputs and researchers can comply with grant rules.

More information about Open Access can be found here. The Open Access team can be contacted here.

Library online catalogue, iDiscover

If you're looking for a specific item, the easiest way to track it down is by using the library catalogue, iDiscover. Type a few words from the book or book chapter or journal or journal article title into the search box. If the item is available online then you should be able to get to it directly by clicking the relevant publisher link. If it isn't online, then iDiscover will tell you where the hard copy can be found.

If you're looking for items on a given topic, add a few keywords to the search box on iDiscover. Be careful with your search terms, and try synonyms if you're not getting the results you hoped for.

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You can see the whole list of journals the university subscribes to on the ejournals website. You could also use Google Scholar.

You can see the whole list of ebooks the university has purchased on the ebooks website and you will find guidance there on how to download chapters or whole books onto your computer or mobile device.

Online resources

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