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Find a Topic

Not sure where to start? Try these tips:

  • Start where you are. Think about topics that might be of interest to you. What do you already know? What would you like to know? What class papers or discussion caught your attention? Skim over your reading list or textbook for more ideas.
  • Search for relevant current events in: Physics Today, Physics (APS), IOP News, or Physics World.
  • Search for overview articles on current physics topics in: Reviews of Modern Physics.

Use the UMass Amherst ejournal search to access our subscription to these journals.

Background Information: Encyclopedias & Handbooks

Background information on your topic to help you:

  • Focus your topic
  • Define specific terms and phrases
  • Identify experts in the field

Encyclopedias and Handbooks are all excellent places to find more background information. Here is a list of some: