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Chemical & Physical Properties Data

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Restricted Resource Some full text available
CRCnetBase; latest edition of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.  Includes structure and properties search.  Access through OBIS.
NIST Physics Laboratory Holdings by Element Some full text available
Includes atomic spectra, ionization data, X-ray and gamma-ray data, nuclear physics data and more.
Periodic Table (Visual Elements) Resource contains images
An interactive periodic table of elements from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Continuing Education & Careers
Search for graduate programs by subject, program type, or location. Includes information about applying for graduate school and financial aid.
The American Institute of Physics' guide to graduate programs in physics and related fields. 
Research opportunities for undergraduates in the sciences, funded by the National Science Foundation.
Online Engineering Degrees
Search for online and campus engineering degree programs. Also provides information about the types of degrees available and accredited programs.
Includes graduate school rankings and search. 
U.S. News Grad School Rankings
Search yearly graduate school rankings by discipline.


Data Management Plan Requirements - National Science Foundation Some full text availableopenURL
Requirements for dissemination and sharing of research results when funded by the National Science Foundation.
Dryad Digital Repository ( Some full text availableopenURL Resource contains images
A nonprofit repository for data underlying the international scientific and medical literature.


Annual Reviews Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Critically reviews the most significant research literature in over 40 focused disciplines within the fields of biomedical, life, physical, and social sciences. These reviews both summarize recent scholarly advances and prompt new research activity. Excellent database of in-depth, secondary sources.
arXiv provides open access to e-prints in the areas of physics, astronomy, mathematics, computer science and more. 
Compendex Restricted Resource
A comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database. Contains abstracts from journals, conference papers and proceedings, and technical reports worldwide.

Dates of Coverage: 1884-present

Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics Some full text available Resource contains images
An archive presenting important and original contributions made before 1976 by female physicists.
E-print Network Some full text available
A full-text searchable database of electronic resources from the U.S. Dept. of Energy Office and Scientific and Technical Information.
Einstein Archives Online Some full text available
Digitized manuscripts and database of 43,000+ archival items. 
Encyclopedia of Physics Demonstrations Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains video
600 videos of physics experiments, augmented by slow-motion photography and animation. Each video illustrates a particular principle of physics.
Inspec Restricted Resource
The most comprehensive coverage of scientific and technical literature in physics, astronomy, engineering, and computer science.

Dates of coverage:  1969 to present.

inSPIRE Some full text available
High energy physics literature database. 
SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Three bibliographic databases combined: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints. Some full text available
Search U.S. government science information. 
Web of Science Restricted Resource
Scholarly literature in the sciences, health and medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities and proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions.  Includes cited reference searching across many databases.

Search all databases in Web of Science (includes Medline and BIOSIS, direct link for on-campus users).

Dates of coverage: 1965 to present.

Dictionaries & Thesauri

Oxford Reference: Science and Technology Restricted Resource Some full text available
Dictionaries and Encylopedias on Science and Technology from Oxford University Press


Access Science Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Online version of McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 10th ed.  2007 plus updates.

OBIS record for print edition.  Sci Reference Q121 .M3 2007  vols.1-20
Eric Weisstein's World of Science Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Contains encyclopedias in the areas of chemistry, physics, astronomy and science biography. Also includes Wolfram MathWorld.

Handbooks & Guides

Data Management Plan Templates Some full text availableopenURL
From Columbia University Libraries Scholarly Communication Program.  Includes templates for DOE, NIH, NSF, and others, covering all areas of natural and social sciences.  See also DMPTool for many publicly shared Data Management Plans in various research areas.
DMPTool, California Digital Library Some full text availableopenURL
Guidelines, templates, examples of data management plans; University of California Curation Center of the California Digital Library.
Provides formulae and tables about mathematics, physics and chemistry.
Guide for Women in STEM
From Discover Data Science, to provide prospective data science students with accurate and expert-driven information about data science, business analytics and intelligence, and associated fields.  STEM=Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics/Medicine
NSF Data Management Plan Requirements Some full text availableopenURL
Listing of requirements for each NSF directorate or unit, to be followed when submitting a research proposal to the National Science Foundation.
Springer Handbook of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Restricted Resource Some full text available
Principal ideas, techniques and results of the field, together with a guide to the primary research literature.
note: electronic book


American Journal of Physics Some full text available
Peer-reviewed papers on current physics research, instructional laboratory equipment, laboratory demonstrations, teaching methodologies, lists of resources, and book reviews. Publisher: American Association of Physics Teachers.
APS Journals (American Physical Society) Some full text available
Includes past and current editions of Physical Review Letters, Physical Review A-E, Reviews of Modern Physics and more. Also provides searchable access to the Physical Review Online Archive (PROLA).
Provides searchable access to journals published by the Institute of Physics. 
Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP) Some full text available
Covers general relativity and gravitation; supersymmetry; mathematical methods of physics and more. Peer-reviewed.
Nature Restricted Resource Some full text available
Peer-reviewed research articles of highest quality; scientific news, commentary, letters, reviews. Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary scientific journal. Weekly. Current print issues in science library.
note: No access to pre-1950 articles online.  Print archive kept on campus.  See holdings in OBIS.
New Journal of Physics Some full text available
An open-access physics journal.
Physical Review Letters Some full text available
Rapid publication of short, peer-reviewed reports of current research.  Publisher: American Physical Society.
Physical Review X Some full text available
A fully open access journal from the American Physical Society.
Physics Education Some full text available
A forum for teachers to make an active contribution to the physics teaching community; knowledge updates in physics, educational research and relevant wider curriculum developments; strategies for teaching and classroom management.
Physics Today
Physics Today is a popular physics magazine published by the American Institue of Physics. 

Physics Today
Print Location: Sci Periodicals
PROLA Some full text available
Also called the APS Journals Archive.  American Physical Society, 1893- present. Includes Physical Review Letters, Physical Review X, Physical Review, and Reviews of Modern Physics.  Go to Search screen.
Science (archive in JSTOR) Restricted Resource
Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Current issues are received in print in the science library and are also accessible online at
Scitation Some full text available
The American Institute of Physics Online Journals. Includes the Journal of Chemical Physics and the Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data.

Organizations & Associations

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 

Software & Web Tools

Guide to LaTeX & Typesetting
Links to templates, guides, and software for using LaTeX to write scientific documents. Also includes links to other tools that typeset mathematical equations.
Scientific search engine. 
Wolfram Alpha Some full text available Resource contains images
A computational knowledge search engine. Wolfram Alpha will compute mathematical equations.

Web Sites

Nucleus Resource contains images Resource contains video
Physics and astronomy resources for undergraduates. The Nucleus includes searchable listings of research and internship opportunities. 
Physics Central Some full text available Resource contains images
Hosted by the APS, Physics Central provides physics resources and news. 
Physics World Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Hosted by the IOP, Physics World provides physics news, webinars, and other resources. Some full text available Resource contains images
Online physics tools for education and reference. 
Best Journal Article Database

Search Inspec

-- the most comprehensive journal article source for Physics and Astronomy.

Science Citation Index (via Web of Science) is a good alternative, especially for interdisciplinary topics.
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