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Click the tabs below to see resources and tips for researching and learning about physics.

Research Tips

Guide Notes:
Due to the varied nature of physics research, a keyword list for this subject has not been included. When conducting research, it is recommended that students use the advanced search feature to enter keywords combined with indicating physics as a search subject.

Select Sub-Fields:

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Relativistic Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Molecular Physics
  • Optical Physics
  • Acoustic Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Astrophysics 
  • Biophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Condensed matter/solid state physics

LoC Classifications:

  • QC1-999 - Physics
  • QC1-75 - General
  • QC170-197 - Atomic Physics, Constitution and Properties of Matter
  • QC221-246 - Acoustics, Sound
  • QC251-338.5 - Heat
  • QC350-467 - Optics, Light
  • QC474-496.9 - Radiation Physics (General)
  • QC501-766 - Electricity and Magnetism
  • QC770-798 - Nuclear and Particle Physics, Atomic Energy, Radioactivity
  • QC801-809 - Geophysics, Cosmic Physics
  • QC811-849 - Geomagnetism
  • QC851-999 - Meteorology, Climatology 

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Professional Associations

American Institute of Physics logo

American Institute of Physics
The American Institute of Physics is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation comprised of ten member societies including the Acoustical Society of America, the American Astronomical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and others. 

American Physical Society logo

American Physical Society

The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents more than 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world

European Organization for Nuclear Research - CERN logo

European Organization for Nuclear Research - CERN
Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory seeks to conduct collaborative research focused on fundamental physics through their particle accelerator facilities and other efforts.