Physics Research Guide
Databases: Links to databases indexing magazine, journal and newspaper articles
Library Catalogs: Books, videos and other audiovisuals
Reference Works: Find backgound information, illustrations and data
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. Reference Q D65 .H3 Annual
- Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. 23 vols. Reference QC 5 .E543 1991
- Facts on File Dictionary of Atomic and Nuclear Physics. Reference QC 772 .F33 2003
- Facts on File Dictionary of Physics. Reference QC 5 .F34 1999
- Facts on File Physics Handbook. Reference QC 61 .F33 2000
- Handbook of Physics. Reference QC 61 .H37 2001
- Historical Encyclopedia of Atomic Energy.
Reference QC 772 .A87 2000
- Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics. 4 vols . Reference QC 5 .M15 1996
- Magill's Survey of Science: Physical Science Series. 7 vols. Reference Q 158.5 .M34
- McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Physics.
Reference QC 5 .M424 1997
Videorecording Sets: View important concepts in physics
- Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists. Parts 1 & 2. Richard Wolfson of Middlebury College lectures on concepts of modern physics in 24 thirty minute programs.
Part 1. 3 videos
presenting the fundamental ideas of relativity and quantum physics. Following a brief history of humankind's thinking about physical reality, the lectures outline the logic that led to Einstein's special theory of relativity. One of the Great Courses series.
General QC173.55 .E56 2001
Part 2 . 3 videos
outline the logic that led to Einstein's special theory of relativity, discussing the laws of physics, gravity, and the principle of equivalence. One of the Great Courses series.
General QC173.55 .E562 2001
- The Mechanical Universe. Non-Calculus version. Set of videos organized into 7 "Quads" presenting 28 programs, 10 to 20 minutes long. Topics covered range from Newton's Laws to electricity to waves to relativity.
General and Circulation Desk QC 125.2 .M4
For complete description of programs go to the Intelecom website.
- The Mechanical Universe-and Beyond. I and II . 52 thirty-minute VHS videos (or 52 programs on 12 DVDs) with in-depth presentations of physics topics. On VHS video for home or in-library/classroom use and on DVD for in-library/classroom use only.
VHS version: Part I: General QC 21.2 .M4 Part II: General and Circulation Desk QC 21.2 .M4
DVD version : Circulation Desk QC 21.2 .M42 2003
For a description of each episode go to the Annenberg/CPB website.
- Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: a Tour of the Microcosmos . Parts I & II.
A tour of the particle zoo and the ideas and phenomena involved in understanding current concepts of modern physics with no math involved.
24 thirty minute programs on 4 DVDs.
One of the Great Courses series.
Part I: General QC 721 .P655 2003 Part II: General QC 721 .P6552 2003
Internet Science Sites: Major science gateways
Comprehensive search engine for science-specific topics. Results cite Science Web sites and provide abstracts from Medline, Science Direct, U.S. Patent office documents and more.
The gateway to government science information. Provides access to over 47 million pages of government science information from 30 databases and 1700 websites, many part of the "deep web" that is inaccesible to search engines.
Internet Physics Sites
- American Physical Society
Especially useful for links page under "Physics Internet Resources," leading to physics portal sites, sites by field of physics, publications, and reference webpages.
- College Physics for Students of Biology and Chemistry
Hypertext for first year physics students with a knowledge of algebra and college work in biology and chemistry. Intended for students entering biology, health, and chemistry-related fields.
- DC Physics Help for Students
Useful collection of links to computer animations of physics concepts, lecture notes, online tutorials and more.
- Flash Animations for Physics
83 animations illustrating physics concepts from David Harrison of the University of Toronto.
- Glossary of Frequently Misused or Misunderstood Physics Terms and Concepts
Explanations of numerous physics terms with "misuse alerts" and expanded information on frequently misused technical terms.
- Google Physics Directory
Google's guide to physics sites organized by subject categories.
- Learn Physics Today
Basic, non-calculus online tutorial on mechanics, lights and waves, sound and electricity.
- Martindale's Reference Desk: Physics
Gateway to many useful physics sites.
- NIST Physical Reference Data
Constants and other data useful for physics students.
- The Particle Adventure: the Fundamentals of Matter and Force
From the Particle Data Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an interactive tour of quarks, antimatter, accelerators, particle detectors and more.
- Physics Central
Physics news, useful web links, and answers to questions on how things work from the American Physical Society.
Physics and astronomy web site with links to essays, physics tables, answers to physics questions and more.
From the British Institute of Physics, news, links to Resources, and Best of PhysicsWeb feature articles from the archives.
- Powers of Ten
View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth, then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude, finally going down microscopically to electrons, protons and quarks.
- PSIGate: Physics Gateway
Well-organized, annotated guide to web links for many areas of physics.
History, types, uses and research efforts investigating the elements, compounds, and alloys that conduct electricity without resistance.
- Visual Physics
Learn Physics using this sites animations, self-study modules, and quizzes.
- The Virtual Library: Physics
Limited but still useful guide to sites in some fields of physics.
- Yahoo's Index of Physics Links
Search for information by physics subject categories or by keyword.
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