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PHYS 342: Contemporary Experimental Physics

Spring 2021 -- For Professor Melissa Eblen-Zayas

Recommended Open Sources

The Internet holds a wide variety of scientific information and misinformation, ranging from popular press coverage to scholarly communications to advertisements to science buff sites. Be careful when using information from web sites, it is changed often which makes it hard to cite it in a paper. If you can find the information in print, it is preferable to use that.

Citing in Physics

In general, the order of elements in a Physics citation are:

Journal articles

First-Initial Last-Name, Abbreviated-Journal-Title Volume-Number, Start-Page (year).

If article title is to be included:

First-Initial Last-Name, "Article Title (not always included)," Abbreviated-Journal-Title Volume-Number, Start-Page (year).

If end-pages are to be included:

First-Initial Last-Name, Abbreviated-Journal-Title Volume-Number, StartPage-EndPage (year).


1. J. B. Ruebeck, J. Lin, and A. K. Pattanayak, Phys. Rev. E 95, 062222 (2017).

2. A. J. Metcalf, C. D. Fredrick, R. C. Terrien et. al, Opt. Lett. 44, 2673 (2019).


First-Initial Last-Name, Title, Xnd ed. (edition number) (Publisher, Publisher-City, Year), p. start-number.

Note: book titles should be italicized. 

If a book chapter or conference paper:

First-Initial Last-Name, in Proceedings-Title-Or-Book-Title, edited by First-Name Last-Name (Publisher, Publisher-City, Year), p. start-number.


K. F. Kaplan, C. F. Bender, R. C. Terrien, in Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXVIII (Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco, 2019).

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