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AccessScience WC is McGraw Hill's Online Encyclopedia of Science & Technology. Visit the Physics page.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. Science Reference QD65 .H3. Annual compilation of physical constants, properties of common inorganic and organic compounds, and lots more.

Dictionary of Physics Sci Ref QC5 D5 1996

Handbook of Physical Quantities SCI Ref q QC61 H36 1997

The Physics Quick Reference Guide SCI Ref QC61 C65 1996

Physics Handbook: Fundamentals and Key Equations SCI Ref qQC61 P65 1998

Q is for Quantum: An Encyclopedia of Particle Physics SCI Ref QC793.2 G747 1998

Scientific Unit Conversion SCI Ref QC94 C295 1998


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Abstracts & Indexes

INSPEC (via Silver Platter) WC - Contains citations, with abstracts, to the worldwide literature in physics, electronics and electrical engineering, computers and control, and information technology.

SPIRES HEP Literature Database - Search more than 500,000 high-energy physics related articles, including journal papers, preprints, e-prints, technical reports, conference papers and theses, comprehensively indexed by the SLAC and DESY libraries since 1974.

Electronic Full-Text Databases

arXiv.org e-Print archive Started in Aug 1991, arXiv.org (formerly xxx.lanl.gov) is a fully automated electronic archive and distribution server for research papers. Covered areas include physics and related disciplines, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, computational linguistics, and neuroscience.

The NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) covers some physics and geophysics articles along with its primary coverage of astrophysics and solar physics.

Science DirectWC, electronic journal articles from more than 1,000 journals in the physical, life, social, and behavioral sciences, published by Elsevier and affiliated publishers. Coverage is from 1995 onward.

Individual Electronic Full-Text Journals and Other Sources

Astrophysical Journal Series full-text articles.

JACOW Proceedings from the Asian, European and American Particle Accelerator Conferences, ICALEPCS and LINAC conferences.

Journal of High Energy Physics A peer-reviewed free online journal.

The European Physics Society provides a list of full-text journals.

Other databases may be useful for you, depending on your specific topic and approach. AskUs for some customized suggestions.


Internet links


Acronyms of High-Energy Physics From Fermilab, a list of acronyms of (and links to) high-energy physics Laboratories and Accelerators and Detectors and Experiments and Other institutions throughout the world..

Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics

Einstein Archives Online Access more than 40,000 records of Einstein and Einstein-related documents held by the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University. Includes Einstein’s scientific and non-scientific writings, his professional and personal correspondence, notebooks, travel diaries, personal documents, etc.

Eric Weisstein's Treasure Trove of Physics

HISTORY OF PHYSICS from Norman Redington's Net Advance of Physics at MIT

NET ADVANCE OF PHYSICS Review Articles and Tutorials in an Encyclopędic Format

NIST Physical Reference Data National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) site maintained by the Physics Laboratory operating unit. A searchable resource containing physical constants, spectroscopy data, and other data.

Physics and Astronomy Fun

physicsweb (IOP) Physics news, jobs, resources.



Fundamental Physical Constants: NIST

Integral Tables

Periodic table

Physics Astronomy Classification Scheme - PACS (from APS)

Unit Converter



Department of Physics at the University of Guelph

Learn Physics Today is a good online tutorial developed by a faculty member in Peru.

Physics 2000 is an interactive introduction to modern physics developed by University of Colorado.


The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has numerous research projects and accomplishments, one being the first WWW client.

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) has a virtual visitor center.

From Fermilab, links to high-energy physics Laboratories and Accelerators and Detectors and Experiments and Other institutions throughout the world.


Professional Societies:

Graduate/Career Opportunities:

American Physical Society (APS) Education and Outreach

American Physical Society (APS) Careers/Employment Information


Contact the departmental Library liaison

Contact: Sandra Peters, library research liaison to Physics

Contact: Lisa Brainard , library collections liaison to Physics


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Astronomy Department

Mathematics Department

Physics Department


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