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Engineering Physics (EP) Graduate Orientation 2021 : Literature Searching

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Literature searching

undefinedAs a researcher at UW-Madison, you have access to a wealth of information!  We subscribe to thousands of journals and hundreds of databases, and we have a vast print collection. This page will help you search for articles and journals in your research area, and locate the full text. Don't be stopped by paywalls; if you can't find the article in our collections, we can almost always get you a copy through interlibrary loan.

Please contact us if you need assistance. We can help you construct efficient searches, set alerts, find full text of articles, and identify journals for publishing your work.

Searching Databases


You can access databases from the library home page. Use the dropdown menu at the Catalog button to navigate to Databases. We subscribe to many databases that index scientific literature. 

There are several ways to access databases: 

1) Search by the title of the database (for example, 'PubMed')

2) Use the Browse by Subject/Type page to discover databases that index literature on your research topic

3) Visit the Top 10 Databases page to access commonly used databases. 


The databases listed below are popular starting points for most science topics: