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U.S. Governmental Agencies


The U.S. government's information portal. Start at for a broad search of agency holdings.

Search below for: 

U.S. Department of Commerce - NIST

U.S. Department of Energy - OSTI


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Defense 

Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Commerce - NIST 

NIST Physics Topic Page 

Physical Reference Data

This extensive data collection contains the following resources: Elemental Data Index | Periodic Table: Atomic Properties of the Elements | Physical Constants | Atomic Spectroscopy Data |  Molecular Spectroscopy Data | Atomic and Molecular Data | X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Data | Radiation Dosimetry Data | Nuclear Physics Data | Condensed Matter Physics Data | Other NIST Data 

Materials Data Repository

This repository is open to the research community interested in developing best practices in the management of materials data. 

Atomic Transition Probability Database

This database contains references to publications that include numerical data, comments, and reviews on atomic transition probabilities (oscillator strengths, line strengths, or radiative lifetimes), and is part of the collection of the NIST Atomic Spectroscopy Group.

Basic Reference Data for Electronic Structure Calculations 

This page contains links to evaluated reference data for electronic structure calculation, produced by the Physics Laboratory of the NIST. 

Ceramics WebBook

Chemistry WebBook

Digital Library of Mathematical Functions


Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy


OSTI.GOV is the primary search tool for Department of Energy (DOE) funded science, technology, and engineering research and development (R&D) results. The OSTI.GOV search tool offers access to an array of R&D results including resource types such as journal articles, technical reports, data, software, patents, conference papers, and more. 

Other OSTI tools:

DOE National Laboratories (e.g., Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory)


National Aeronautics and Space Administration



NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) provides access to aerospace-related citations, full-text online documents, images, and videos. The types of information included are: conference papers, journal articles, meeting papers, patents, research reports, images, movies, and technical videos – scientific and technical information (STI) created or funded by NASA.


NASA's clearinghouse site for open-data provided to the public. 


NASA National Astronomical Virtual Observatories (NAVO) may be used to access NASA's astronomy data.

NASA Science Data Archives

Portal linking to archives in earth science, heliophysics, astrophysics, planetary science, high-end computing, and citizen science.

NASA Astro Data

NASA Center and Facilities (e.g., Goddard, JPL)


Department of Health & Human Services |

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


PubMed® comprises more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.


PubSpace is an archive of full-text journal articles produced by NASA-funded research and available online without a fee. Pub-Space is available from a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NASA to allow wider access to the results of federally-funded research. Articles collected under the Public Access Policy are archived on PubSpace, which is hosted by NIH on their PubMed Central (PMC) repository.


Defense Technical Information Center

U.S. Department of Defense

Defense Technical Information Center 

PubDefense (peer-reviewed scholarly publications); technical reports; grant awards; budget data; innovation marketplace; corporate source authority system search; thesaurus; conference proceedings 


Data Reference

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

The print version of the handbook is available in the reference section of Lockwood and Abbott Libraries (QD65.C4)

PDG Review of Particle Physics

This resource provides a compilation and evaluation of measurements of the properties of known elementary particles and summarizes searches for hypothetical new particles. 

Smithsonian Physical Tables

This classic reference includes 901 tables of common physical and chemical data.

Knovel Critical Tables 

Interactive reference tables of physical, solvent and thermodynamic properties. 



CERN - Wikipedia

CERN Scientific Information Service 

Access to the CERN Document Server (books, journals, standards, reports, photos); online databases; dictionaries and encyclopedias; HEP information sources; online particle physics information.