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Background information & key reference works in physics

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  • AccessScience (the online edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology)
         REF Q121 .M3 2007
  • AIP Physics Desk Reference  *
         REF QC61 .P49 2003
  • Aldrich Library of FT-IR Spectra
         QC457 .P87 1997
  • Aldrich Library of Infrared Spectra  *
         REF QD96 .I5 P67 1981
  • Aldrich Library of 13C and 1H FT NMR Spectra  *
         REF QC462.85 .A44 1993
  • American Institute of Physics Handbook
         REF QC61 .A5 1972
  • Cambridge Atlas of Astronomy
         REF QB65 .G6813 1994
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics  *
         REF QD65 .H3
  • Dictionary of Physics
         REF QC5 .D53 2009
  • Dictionary of Scientific Units: Including Dimensionless Numbers and Scales
         REF QC82 .J4 1992
  • Encyclopedia of Physics
         REF QC5 .E545 2005
  • Encyclopedia of Physics
         REF QC .R596 2004
  • Facts on File Dictionary of Atomic and Nuclear Physics
         REF QC772 .F33 2003
  • Handbook of Physical Quantities
         REF QC61 .H36 1997
  • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Physics  *
         REF QC5 .M424 2003
  • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms  *
         REF Q123 .M34 2003
  • NIST Physical Reference Data
  • NIST Reference on Constants, Units, and Uncertainty
  • Oxford Reference Online (Dictionary of Physics)
  • Physically Speaking: A Dictionary of Quotations on Physics and Astronomy
         REF QC5 .P47 1997
  • Physics Quick Reference Guide
         REF QC61 .C65 1996
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia
         REF Q121 .V3 2008

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