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Scientific Publications

The Publication process: primary, secondary, and tertiary sources

Primary sources are original works by an author. Examples in physics include firsthand reports of research such as lab reports as well as many journal articles. Most new research in physics is published in the form of journal articles.

Secondary sources can be used to find references to primary sources. Books that are not the original work of the researcher are also considered secondary sources.

Tertiary sources include guides to the literature and textbooks.

For academic research, it is often important to use peer-reviewed (or refereed) journals rather than popular magazines. Peer-review is the process by which a journal article is evaluated by experts in the field. An example of a peer-reviewed journal is Science. An example of a popular magazine is Time.


Where to Find Articles

Journal Articles

Examples of print journals in Milne Library:


Optical Society of America. Journal

Physical Review Letters

Physics Teacher

Reviews of Modern Physics


There are many journals available full-text online that are not available in print.  A current listing of physics journals available full-text online can be obtained under the "Journals" tab on the Milne Library home page.

If articles are not available in print or online, articles can be obtained via Interlibrary Loan.

The databases below are located on the Milne Library home page under the Databases tab.

  • Academic Search Complete
    Full text for about 8,500 periodicals including over 7,300 peer-reviewed journals across most areas of academic study as well as indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 magazines and journals. Coverage is from 1887 to the present. Provided by SUNYConnect. Youtube

  • ScienceDirect
    Provides full text access to over 2200 Elsevier journals in many fields including chemistry. Registering for a free account allows the user to save searches and set up alerts for newly published articles for designated topics.
  • Academic OneFile
    Provides over 54,000,000 articles, most full-text, from about 13,000 scholarly journals across most academic subject areas. Coverage is from 1980 to the present. Provided by the New York State Library.
  • Google Scholar
    Does not search the same content as Google, but rather, concentrates on scholarly journal articles and books. Full text is available for many articles due to Milne Library subscriptions.

Other Sources for Articles

  • e-Print archive
    From Los Alamos National Lab and Cornell University. Searchable. is an electronic archive and distribution server for research articles submitted by the authors. Includes physics preprint literature. Full text is available in various formats. Covers 1991 to the present

Where to Find the Full-Text of an Article

If there is no full text with the citation for an article in a database, click on or Find It!. If a full text of the article is available in another database, there will be a link connecting you to that database, where you can locate the article in the appropriate volume, or search for the article by title or author.

 You can also determine whether a periodical is available electronically by entering the periodical title in the search box under Journals tab on the library home page and clicking on Search. If the title is available in electronic form, check the coverage, and click on the database link(s) and search for the item(s) needed. If the title is available in the library, click on "SUNY-Oneonta Print Holdings" and then on "Is it here?" to see the complete holdings.
Locating the article in print or microfilm, if  not available in electronic form:
If under "Links to Full Text," there is a link to the title, click on "Journal," and then on "Is it here?" Check "Summary holdings" to see if Milne Library has the particular issue needed and in what form the article can be found. Periodicals are located on compact shelving or in microfilm drawers on floor P.
Requesting an article on Interlibrary Loan:
If you find an article from a periodical that is not available at Milne Library in any form after you have linked to "Check Library Catalog", you can request the article through the link Request via Interlibrary Loan  on the record for the article needed (see computer screen that comes up after you click on Find It!). You need to be registered to submit ILL requests. See a librarian for help. You can also request articles through the InterLibrary Loan login link on the library web site under the "Services" tab.

    Need More Help?

    E-mail a question to a Milne librarian & get a response within 48 hours Monday through Friday.

    Schedule a research consultation with a librarian to discuss your research project in depth.

    Call the Research Help Desk at Milne Library at 607-436-2722.

    Visit the Research Help Desk in Milne Library.


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