Is there a place I can go to look up physics research papers using keywords? Say you are a student working on a thesis how do you know a person in India has not worked on the same subject and written the same thing?
I always start with scholar.google.com. If I don't find good results there (and usually I do), I check through EBSCO or another database available through a university library. The only physics-specific databases I check would be the ones associated with different journals published through societies like APS or IEEE.Jiminy Glick said:Is there a place I can go to look up physics research papers using keywords? Say you are a student working on a thesis how do you know a person in India has not worked on the same subject and written the same thing?
ryaamaak said:I always start with scholar.google.com. If I don't find good results there (and usually I do), I check through EBSCO or another database available through a university library. The only physics-specific databases I check would be the ones associated with different journals published through societies like APS or IEEE.
Jiminy Glick said:Ok thanks. However then the thing is that you have to have the wording you search correlate with the wording of the matching paper if it even exists. Do you know what I mean? I find copyright now globally to be a big issue because of the huge population. Perhaps an artificial intelligence database could be invented.
Is there a place I can go to look up physics research papers using keywords?
I find copyright now globally to be a big issue because of the huge population.
ZapperZ said:it doesn't replace a well-connected person who is an expert in the field that you are researching.
ryaamaak said:There really isn't a good substitute for a well-connected mentor. But for the truly lost/stuck/desperate, there are also research librarians who specialize in specific fields (e.g. social sciences, physical sciences, economics, etc.). If I am looking for a particular result or published data set, I occasionally give them the parameters and ask them to look. They don't usually find what I need, but sometimes they get close enough that I can get going in the right direction. The more specific the request, the better they can do.
Unfortunately, sometimes the research librarians are easier to work with. They also tend to stay in the same country over summer break, and respond to emails within 48 hours.ZapperZ said:But if you dare to ask a research librarian, then why can't you also find the courage to ask your research supervisor/mentor?
ZapperZ said:I am puzzled by this. How is
Why would there even be an issue on copyright if all you are doing now is seeking literature sources?
Coming back to the question brought up in the first post, this is why a lot of new, graduate students often spend a lot of time doing literature search, and why haven't a well-known and well-informed supervisor is important. This is because the latter should be up-to-date on the state of knowledge of a particular area of study, and should know if something similar has been done and can often refer his/her students to the sources.
Google Scholar has been mentioned, and that is always where *I* start. But it doesn't replace a well-connected person who is an expert in the field that you are researching.
Jiminy Glick said:The same way Watson can read medical books is what we would like to see in terms of examining similar research in a given field. So say your write something then you can put into the search engine and the computer could scan all the literature in the database and find correlations if they exist.
Jiminy Glick said:I am talking about like say your write something where something similar was already written in another country for example. So it is not a good scientific or philosophical work if it already has been produced. I think the example I used with Watson is what essentially will happen. It would use artificial intelligence and patter recognition.
ZapperZ said:OK, now you lost me. What "correlations"?
Physics papers are usually published under categories and with various keywords. There are already "correlations". And the fact that papers cite other papers means that there are already strong correlations with similar, like-minded papers that are highly relevant to the topic.
The answer to your original question is already a "yes". So what exactly is all this?
Jiminy Glick said:Well for example take philosophy. Say if you are writing on neuroscience and are using logic, how do you know that the given logic hasn't been used before by another writer? If similar logic was used by a writer in say China then the computer could find the correlation which is the writing in China.
ZapperZ said:First of all, you need to be very clear on this: they do write things in English in China! If you are shock by this, you need to get over this very quickly. Secondly, if you are referring to papers written in another language other than English, then you need to be very clear that this is what you mean, rather than keep picking upon papers written in specific geography. The Japanese Journal of Physics, published in Japan, can be found in English and very much searchable in English as well!
Finally, learn about citation indexes! Papers that are written not in English will also leave a "trail" of citations, either papers it referred to, or papers referring to it! Even Google Scholar gives you not only the result of your search, but also the papers citing each of those results! It can't be any easier! Many of us old timers used to have to drag ourselves to the library and go through card catalogs and indexes to find the things we were search for. You have it at your fingertips.
Jiminy Glick said:Oh okay thanks. I don't have a science mentor or professor, I am not in a graduate program. I just have a bachelor's degree. Could I send you my work or is someone you know a good mentor or advisor? I am just having trouble with searching databases.
ZapperZ said:You never once indicated that (1) you have used google scholar and (2) if you did, why it was inedequate.
When evaluating the best physics database, some important criteria to consider are the accuracy and reliability of the data, the user-friendliness of the interface, the range and depth of coverage, and the availability of advanced search and filtering options.
Yes, there are several free physics databases available, such as arXiv, INSPIRE, and OpenScience.org. These databases may have limited features compared to paid databases, but they can still be valuable resources for researchers.
The majority of physics databases are accessible online through a web browser. Some may require a subscription or login credentials, while others are open and free to access. It is always best to check the database's website for specific instructions on how to access it.
This can vary depending on the specific field of physics, but some databases with large collections of data include the INSPIRE High Energy Physics (HEP) database, the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS), and the American Physical Society (APS) Physics database.
Many physics databases allow users to export data in various formats, such as CSV or BibTeX, for use in other programs or applications. It is always best to check the database's website for specific instructions on how to export data.