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Background & Context Sources

Science Online (via Facts on File) Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Indepth introductory articles in all scientific disciplines. Includes definitions, biographies, news articles, timelines, and experiments & activities.  Articles are selected from a diverse collection of Facts on File encyclopedias and other reference sources.

Chemical & Physical Properties Data

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Restricted Resource Some full text available
CRCnetBase; online version of the 2011-12 edition of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.  Includes structure and properties search. 
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.
Visual Elements Periodic Table 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.


Annual Reviews Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Non-profit publisher of syntheses of the latest developments in 39 fields of science and social sciences. 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

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, social sciences, arts, and humanities and proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions.  Includes cited reference searching.

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
Provides formulae and tables about mathematics, physics and chemistry.


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. 
New Journal of Physics Some full text available
An open-access physics journal.
Physical Review X Some full text available
A fully open access journal from the American Physical Society.
Physics Today
Physics Today is a popular physics magazine published by the American Institue of Physics. 

Physics Today
Print Location: Sci Periodicals
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. 
Find Journal Articles
Inspec is the most comprehensive journal article source for Physics and Astronomy.
Web of Science is a good alternative, especially for interdisciplinary topics: 

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