The Vesic Library is Duke's Engineering, Mathematics and Physics Library. There are several web-pages of library resources available:
There is also a general webpage for the Duke libraries that
includes links to the catalog, e-journals, databases, etc.
The Vesic Library is next door to the Physics building, inside the Teer building. If the front door to the Teer building is obstructed, take the stairs behind the physics building to the LSRC and enter through the side of the Teer building. After hours your Duke card will work to open the Teer doors, but you must request after-hours, library access from Maxine Stern (email@example.com).
Background literature searches should probably start at the ISI Web of Science:
Other databases are also available from the library:
Many journal articles can be obtained on-line directly from the journal's web site. Commonly used resources include:
You should be aware that Duke has canceled many double subscriptions, so that we now either get just the paper or the electronic form of a journal instead of both. If an journal paper is unavailable on-line, it should be available in the libraries.
An important resource is InterLibrary Loan (ILL). If a publication is unavailable
on-line and in Duke's libraries, it may be available from another libary through ILL:
There should be no access requirements for a patron to access e-journals such as Science. If a person is asked for a password to gain access to an electronic journal, he/she should notify the Math-Physics Librarian, Mary Ann Southern (firstname.lastname@example.org). Patrons should, of course, access e-journals either using a machine with a Duke IP address or through the library's catalog.
Another resource is the arXiv.org pre-print server:
Pre-print versions of papers back to 1991 are available. New publications appear daily and it is a good idea to subscribe to the daily listing of abstracts in your subjects of interest:
There is an explanation of arXiv on the main library's "Articles and databases" webpage (http://www.lib.duke.edu/texis/databases).