Why Use Introductory Resources?
If you have a topic in mind for your research, it is a good idea to find one or more sources of background information to read.
Introductory resources will:
- Explain in general terms, what is currently known about your topic
- Help you understand the broader context of your research.
Handbooks and Data
International critical tables of numerical data, physics, chemistry, and technology
"Knovel" publishing offers this copyrighted information free. Data on physical, thermodynamic, mechanical, and other key properties and is a major reference source used by those in chemistry, physics, and engineering.
NIST Reference on Constants, Units and Uncertainty (National Institute of Standards)
Dictionaries / Encyclopedias via Credo Reference
The following resources are available through the online resource, Credo Reference.
The Penguin Dictionary of Physics
The New Penguin Dictionary of Science
Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology
McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
Atlas of the Universe
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy
Dictionary of Astronomy, Peter Collin Publishing
Guide to Stars and Planets
Illustrated Dictionary of Science, Andromeda
This authoritative encyclopedia helps to master the large variety of physical phenomena and technological aspects involved in laser technology and the wider field of photonics. It also addresses such supplementary topics as ultrashort pulses, optical communications, optoelectronics, general optics, and quantum optics.