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Welcome to the research guide for your course in physics.  Much of the necessary information needed to prosper in this course is included within the lectures and required texts.  For further study, you may want to consult the listed resources. You may check out the location and availability of an item in the on campus collection using the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here or through the library home page. Your professor is also committed to your acheivement in this course. Do not hesitate to make an appointment with him for additional help, if needed.



Reference Works


AIP Physics Desk Reference by Richard Cohen - QC 61 .A45 2003

Concise dictionary of physics by Alan Isaacs - Ref QC 5 .C56 2000

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics by David R. Lide - Ref QD 65 .C88 2005.

Fundamentals of Physics by David Halliday - QC21.3 .H35 2011.

McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science & Technology - Ref Q121 .M29 2005.

Van Nostrand’s Concise Encyclopedia of Science, edited by De Pree and Axelrod - Ref Q121 .V25 2003.



JSTOR contains complete back issues of 241 scholarly journals in a wide range of disciplines. Issues from the most recent five years for each title are not included in the collection.

ProQuest contains the citations and abstracts of over 1,000 titles across disciplines.




Search the library catalog using the following Library of Congress subjects:

Bible and science
Physical Laws

Religion and Science


Internet Resources


Open access to 655,751 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics owned and operated by Cornell University.

Bentham Open
Peer-reviewed journals in the science disciplines. All articles can accessed for free and are searchable through Google Scholar. 

In-depth website that covers basic and advanced topics in physics and includes links to additional resources.

Organization making scientific articles and research available for free under Open Access license.

Directory listing of science information provided by the U.S. government.

Index of physics articles and books.

Searchable directory for topics in physics.


Selected Journals 

American Journal of Science
(Online 2001-present) 

Biomicrofluidics (Online in Directory of Open Access Journals, 2007-present) 

Journal of Physical Studies (Online 1997-present)

Journal of College Science Teaching (Online, 1997-present and in the PHC collection 2007 to the present)

Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics (Online, 2002-2006)

New Journal of Physics (Online 1998-present)

Physics Today (Print September 2001-present) 

Physics World (Online 2002-present)

Science (Online 1988-2005)

Scientific American (Print June 2001-present)



Research Tips


  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL):  If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC online or on-campus collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan.  ILL requests may be made directly into the library database WorldCat.  If you have difficulty requesting an ILL in WorldCat, you may use the form on the website or request assistance from any of the library staff.
  • Once you locate an appropriate resource, potential valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography. 
  • Turabian is the required citation style for this course.  A good citation guides are available in the library and online from the Owl at Purdue.

Created: Kucks/Thornhill, 2010. Reviewed: Thornhill, 2011. Reviewed: Dr. Michael Kucks/Thornhill, 2013, 2014.