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How to find books, articles, and conference proceedings related to physics, as well as physical properties/data.


Find chemical and physical properties

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics


SciFinder Scholar searches a wide variety of chemical and physical properties by compound identifier or structure. First-time NYU users must register for an account.

Cambridge Structural Database searches bibliographic, chemical and crystallographic information of organic and metal-organic compounds. Contact Margaret Smith for access.

Reaxys searches properties info for inorganic compounds and has specialized tools for synthesis planning.

Why is off-campus access different?

Things you should know about off campus access:

  • Many online journals and databases require subscriptions (which NYU Libraries pays for) to get access. 
  • If you are on campus, access can be relatively seamless since authentication is usually established by IP address (e.g. if you have an NYU IP address, the publisher recognizes it and lets you in). 
  • If you are off campus, then you need to be routed through the Libraries' proxy server, so that you can be authenticated after providing your NYU NetID and password. This page describes the three main ways to do this.
  • Note: The proxy prefix and bookmarklet will only allow access to full-text if NYU Libraries has a subscription to the resource. To see what journal access you have through NYU Libraries, you can search a journal title in Bobcat

Search BobCat for books and journals

Search for books, journals, videos, etc. in our local libraries and special collections.


Find articles and conference proceedings by topic

NASA Astrophysics Data System -- The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant.

Web of Science (Science Citation Index) - Search scholarly literature (over the last hundred years) for chemistry, physics, and biology. It also has citation information (how many times an article has been cited), and special features like citation and search alerts, as well as advanced analytics.

OmniFile Fulltext (General Science Abstracts) -- Search scholarly literature for topics in the physical sciences.

Scopus -- Search broadly across scholarly literature in chemistry, physics, and biology. Includes citation information and author profiles.

arXiv -- Cornell University-hosted site provides open access to e-prints in physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Google Scholar -- Searches a wide variety of scholarly information. To access fulltext from off-campus, navigate to your Google Scholar settings, and click "Library Links", then search for NYU. Choose "Getit at NYU" (deselect other options), then save preferences.

Proxy bookmarklet

An easy way to get your browser to route you through the library proxy server (while off-campus) is by adding a "proxy bookmarklet" to your browser. Then, whenever you reach a publisher's page for an article while off-campus, you can click on this bookmarklet, and login with your NYU NetID and password for the same access you would have on campus. 

To add the proxy bookmarklet:

  • Drag this link: NYULib Proxy to the browser's toolbar, or
  • Right-click on this link: NYULib Proxy and choose "Bookmark this Link" (Firefox) or "Add to Favorites" (Internet Explorer). If the links or favorites toolbar is not visible in your browser, you can try to enable it under Options > Bookmarks Toolbar (Firefox) or View > Toolbars (Internet Explorer).
  • If you are on a touch device, or unable to click or drag links, you can create a bookmark, and edit the bookmark's URL to contain the following line of code instead of a web address:



  • You might see a security alert that the "favorite may not be safe", although it is. Click "yes" to continue.
  • The bookmarklet is compatible with most web browsers and platforms, as long as your bookmarks or favorites allow javascript.
  • You can also save the bookmarklet in your bookmarks folder instead of in the toolbar.

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Margaret Smith
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