Welcome to the research guide for your course in Physics

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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 the location and the availability of an item in our collection through the online catalog, accessible from the library home page.

Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu.

Reference Works

AIP Physics Desk Reference - Richard Cohen - QC 61 .A45 2003
A Dictionary of Physics - Alan Isaacs - Ref QC 5 .C56 2000
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics - David R. Lide - Ref QD 65 .C88 2005
Fundamentals of Physics - 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.


You can search for any of the following Library of Congress subject term tags by limiting the search by "Subject":

Bible and science
Physical Laws

Religion and Science

Internet Resources

  • arXiv.org Open access to 655,751 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics owned and operated by Cornell University.
  • Public Library of Science (PLoS) Organization making scientific articles and research available for free under Open Access license.
  • Science.gov Directory listing of science information provided by the U.S. government.
  • Scitation Index of physics articles and books.
  • WWW Virtual Library Searchable directory for topics in physics.

Selected Journals

You can search journal articles by title, keyword, or author, or browse the following journals through the library's Periodical Listing.

  • American Journal of Science (Online 2001-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 a potential source in the catalog, click on the subject term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects.
  • Once you locate a potential source, additional valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.
  • If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly in the library catalog.
  • Zotero is a citation management system that will help you collect and organize your resources and then seamlessly create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies. You can download and watch online tutorials, but you may benefit from a librarian’s help in quickly learning how to use Zotero.

Citation assistance required? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab).

Created: Dr. Micheal Kucks/Thornhill, 2010. Last update: Thornhill, 2022.

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