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PHYS 499

Resources & Tips for Physics Research for Seniors & Juniors

Worksheet For In-Class Activities

You will need a copy of the PHYS 499 Library Session - Worksheet to complete in-class tasks. Below you will find links to 2 versions: One in MS Word format that you can download and use to take notes in class, the other a PDF that you print and bring to class or view during class while you make notes elsewhere.

In-class activity: Task 1 - Database Investigation (15 mins)

In this task you and one or more fellow students will investigate one of the following databases, then share your insights with the class.

  1. You will need go to the Library's website and find one of the 4 following databases to search. If you need a refresher on how to find the databases see the Refresher section of this guide page:
    1. Web of Science
    2. Inspec
    3. Google Scholar
    4. PubMed
  2. Use the following search in your investigation: nanoparticle* AND cancer
  3. Follow the instructions on the PHYS 499 Worksheet, recording your your observations from the in-class tasks, and answer this critical thinking question:

What tip would you give your fellow students about this database?

In-class activity: Task 2 - Exporting Database Citations & Importing Them into EndNote

In this exercise, you will do the tasks by yourself. You will learn how to export citations into from the Web of Science (WOS) and Inspec databases, and how to import  the citations into an EndNote folder group.


EndNote Web Access Notes

  • For this exercise, you will need to have an account in EndNote. Login to EndNote Web ( and "Register".
  • Although you may go to EndNote from within the Web of Science database, you may experience fewer problems with the software by logging directly via EndNote Web (
  • Accessing From Off campus? Try this:  you will be prompted to authenticate with your Bronco ID and Password before you see the EndNote Web site.

Need a Refresher on Finding Databases from the Library's Website?

The Library's website ( is your launch site class activities.

To find the databases for the exercises

1. Go to the Library's main page

2. Click on the Articles & Databases Panel

Library's main page with Articles and Databases panel circled

3. Scroll down till you see the Articles and Databases A to Z search box

4. Type in the name of the database you want & hit Enter

5. Click on the name of the database below the search box

Databases A to Z with Search Box and INSPEC databases noted