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A guide to library research tools for astronomy, astrophysics, and planetary science.
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Databases for articles and papers

These are the main licensed databases from the MIT Libraries. Links to ArXiv and other preprints are on the next tab.

  • ADS Astrophysical Data System
    Indexes major astronomy and astrophysics journals; full text for many articles
  • Web of Science
    Search for articles, track citations; now includes proceedings
  • Georef
    This extensive earth science database includes extraterrestrial geology; geochemistry and geophysics
  • NASA/IPAC Extragalatic Database (NED)
    Contains millions of extragalactic objects, including names, positions, basic data, and references to published papers.
    Contains basic data, cross-identifications, measurements, and references to published works for astronomical objects outside the solar system.
  • Dissertations and Theses
    Indexing and abstracting of dissertations and theses 1861-present. Full text for many, 1997 forward

Keeping up with research

RSS, Email & Table of Contents Alerts

Find new journal articles about your research topic!

There are a number of services via email and RSS for accessing tables of contents of new journal issues and research alerts (results of literature searches you construct, run periodically).

This site will provide links to these services, as well as an explanation of what RSS is and how it works. 

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