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Astronomy & Astrophysics: Internet Resources



This guide contains selected astronomy resources freely available on the Internet. For more information on Astronomy, visit the Physics Department here at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Books, Journals, Open Access, Preprints

  • arXiv Preprint Server (Cornell Univ.) - physics, mathematics, non-linear science and computer science
  • Astronomy Thesaurus (Australian National Univ.) - Searchable in 5 languages.
  • BookFinder.com - one of the best & largest meta-search site for new & used books.
  • CAS Source Index - current and discontinued scientific and technical serial titles worldwide including journals, online preprint servers, conference proceedings, patent document series, meeting publications, and monographs containing collections of papers. [Note: this online version is missing some information from the CD product available at the 2nd Floor Silverman Science & Engineering Information Center Reference Area CD Workstation.]
  • Digital Library for Physics, Astrophysics, and Instrumentation Astrophysics Data System (ADS) from NASA/Harvard Univ.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (Lund Univ.) - Over 9,700 peer reviewed, freely available journals, the most comprehensive directory on the Web. Article level search also available.
  • Directory of Open Access Repositories -OpenDOAR (Univ. of Nottingham) - an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.
  • Encyclopedia Astronautica (Mark Wade) - an excellent history of spaceflight and space vehicles around the world.
  • Fundamental Physical Constants (NIST)
  • East Asian Gateway Service Document Delivery (Univ. at Pittsburgh) - Free, fast delivery of Chinese documents/articles to any individual researchers for research and teaching purposes where the needed item is not in any U.S. library.
  • Google Books - Over 15,000,000 books and magazine issues, with material added daily.
  • HathiTrust - Over 8.7 million scanned items, all described by precise metadata. Full-text of copyrighted items (~73%) are generally inaccessible.
  • Handbook of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics (Cambridge Univ. Press)
  • Journal-Ranking.com (Andrew Lim, Hong Kong Univ. of Science & Technology) - Free iinteractive journal ranking service allowing users to choose ranking parameters. Alternative to ISI journal impact factors.
  • Landolt-Bornstein Substance / Property Index - Keyword searchable as well as molecular formula, element system, CAS Registry Numbers, chemical name, and zeolite indicies. UB has most of the older print volumes on the Silverman (Capen) Reference shelves (QC61.L33 & QC61.L332).
  • The Online Books Page (John Mark Ockerbloom, Univ. of Penna.) - A meta-search & directory of over 800,000 freely available online books.
  • Publish or Perish (Anne-Wil Harzing) - a downloadable, free program analyzing Google Scholar citations to an author's publications. Reports statistics such as ave. cites per paper and h-index & related metrics. Disclaimer: Google Scholar citation data is very noisy & includes non-peer reviewed citing documents.  Citation variations likely inflate number of papers & citations.
  • RoMEO - Over 400 publisher copyright and self-archiving policies (SHERPA)
  • SciVee (Univ. of California, San Diego) - Allows scholars to post articles along with a video presentation. Sponsored by NSF & Public Library of Science.

Career Information


Databases


Education Materials & Web Courses

See also: Our Solar System


General Portals and Directories


History of Astronomy


Images, Telescopes & Star Guides


Our Solar System

See also: Educational Materials & Web Courses


Professional Societies