- Ready Reference Data
- Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
- Current Events
- Biographical Information
- Preprint Servers
- Gateways to Internet Resources
National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) Physical Reference
(physical constants, atomic and molecular spectroscopy data, and much more)
PACS (Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme): APS classification guide for submitted articles.
Particle Data Group Review of Particle Properties
Table of the Nuclides
National Nuclear Data Center
Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (CRC)
McGraw-Hill's Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, online. Very useful for introductory information
about topics in physics, and keyword searchable.
Net Advance of Physics: An online encyclopedia mainly of hot topics in physics. Articles are unsolicited but peer reviewed.
How Things Work: Physics in Everyday Life: A companion website to the textbook by Louis Bloomfield. "Call in radio show" website, is an archive of questions submitted by readers with answers by the professor. Answers are at a non-technical level.
ScienceWorld: Dictionary length definitions of scientific terms, created by Eric Weisstein--a professional encyclopediast at Wolfram (makers of Mathematica).
Physics News Update
(AIP sponsored weekly update of new and interesting research achievements in physics)
Physical Review Focus (Selected Physical Review Letters are summarized for the non-expert physicist. Provides context and explanation of the important features/conclusions of the article)
Physics Web (IoP sponsored weekly update of happenings in the world of physics, with a European bent)
SciCentral: Gateway to the Best Science and Engineering
Emilio Segre Visual Archives
(if you want a picture of a physicist)
Walk Through Time (evolution of time
measurement, from NIST)
arXiv: (xxx) preprints in all areas of physics (including history, education of)
SLAC/SPIRES: database (high energy physics only)
OAIster: Open Access database in all subject areas, including many institutional repositories
ADS (Astrophysical Data System)
Superconductivity Papers Database: (Japan)