Skip to Main Content

The Universe Around Us: Internet Resources

This is an introductory Astronomy course that covers our knowledge of the universe as a whole. The emphasis will be on understanding how we know what we know about the universe and discovering the physical basis of our beliefs about the current cosmologic

Find Physics Information Available Online

SCOAP3 Repository

Search for open access articles sponsored by the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3). To learn more about this organization, follow this link.

SciTech Connect

Search for U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored technical reports, citations, articles, conference papers, books, and other resources.

OSP (Open Source Physics)

Collects openly available undergraduate physics curricula, focusing on computation and modeling.

Provides a communication platform for international particle physics laboratories. Includes press releases, articles, news, event listings, and images

Physics Fun

Produced by the Physics in Society team at the Institute of Physics, this site explains physical reactions in non-academic terms. For fun tricks to try yourself, explore the collection of Physics to Go videos.

Physics Central from the American Physical Society

Learn how the physical world works through engaging science communication, including comics starring Spectra: the Original Laser Superhero.

Physics and Astronomy Fun at

Jokes, cartoons, and links to other fun physics websites.

Associations and Organizations

American Institute of Physics

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a not-for-profit membership corporation chartered in New York State in 1931 for the purpose of promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare. It is the mission of the Institute to serve the sciences of physics and astronomy by serving the Societies, by serving individual scientists, and by serving students and the general public.

American Physical Society (APS)

The objective of APS is the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics. The website includes APS publications, meetings, programs, policy & advocacy, and careers in physics.

Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics is a learned society and a professional body for physicists. It is charged by Royal Charter to "promote the advancement and dissemination of a knowledge of and education in the science of physics, pure and applied". 

Optical Society of America

OSA is a professional association for researchers in optics and photonics.

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

IPEM is a professional organization for physicists, clinical and biomedical engineers and technologists working to apply physics to medicine and biology.

Scholarly Societies Projects: Physics

Provides access to information about scholarly societies across the world. Maintained by the University of Waterloo Library in Canada.