Resources by Subject Physics

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)
Film, Video, and Image Collections
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Reference Sources (Background)

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Chemical data, current edition online

Credo Reference (full text; current)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online - Science and Technology
Search dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

Knovel K-Essentials
A suite of 10 free reference books including Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences; Engineering Problem Solving - A Classical Perspective; Essential Practices for Managing Chemical Reactivity Hazards; Handbook of Mathematical Functions with Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables; Knovel Sample Book; Large-Scale Adsorption and Chromatography, Volumes 1-2; Metallic Materials Properties Development and Standardization (MMPDS-01); Military Handbook - MIL-HDBK-5H: Metallic Materials and Elements for Aerospace Vehicle Structures (Knovel Interactive Edition); Smithsonian Physical Tables (9th Revised Edition); and Teaching Engineering.   

Astronomical Almanac
Ref QB 8 U6 A77 2006
Current, ephemeral data from Washington DC and London

Cambridge Atlas of Astronomy
Atlas Stand QB65 G6813 1994
Maps, charts and photos of the universe, 3rd edition

Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Ref QB 14 E54 2001, v. 1-4

History of Astronomy: An Encyclopedia
Ref QB 15 .H624 1997
Entries on archaeoastronomical topics with bibliographies

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Universe
Ref QB 14 .I588 2001
Good use of color photographs and diagrams
History of astronomy section on Ancient, Greek, Arabic and Medieval topics

Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Handbook
Ref QB 64 .R43 2004
Guide to recognizing those bright things in the sky

Dictionary of Material Science and High Energy Physics
Ref QC 772 .D57 2001
Definitions include formulae and diagrams

Guide to Information Sources in the Physical Sciences
Ref QC 5.35 .S74 2000

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics
Ref QC 5 .M15 2003
Covers basic concepts, prominent physicist's biographies, theories within the field, and an assortment of phenomena, with bibliographies.

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Physics
Ref QC 5 .M425 1993
Contains 760 articles, each followed with a short bibliography, and over 1000 drawings and graphs.

The Physics Quick Reference Guide
Ref QC 61 .C65 1996
A guide for formulae, graphs, and conversion tables.

The Weather Almanac
Guide to climate in the United States, 10th edition.
Ref QC 983 W38 2001

Locating Books

The call number area for Physics is QC. Astronomy materials are in QB.

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)

Institute of Physics Electronic Journals (full text; 1874 to present)
Articles covering physics and related fields.

Engineering Research Database (citations & abstracts; 1966 to present)
Indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports, patents, books, and other publications in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, transportation, and aerospace engineering.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Film, Video, and Image Collections

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of histroical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.

ARTstor (images)
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. In addition to images of  paintings, drawings, sculpture, and the decorative arts, the collection includes cultural and religious objects, cartoons, fashion and costume illustrations, covers from printed music, pages from illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, natural history illustrations, early anatomical and medical drawings, and many other types of images.-


Astrophysics Data System (NASA)
Four bibliographic databases with access to full-text articles

ISAAC ( International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture)
Explores interdisciplinary proejcts in cultural astronomy

Planetary Data System (NASA)
Data from space missions, lab measurements, and observations

Global Climate Change (Exploratorium)
Explores climate change on the earth

NIST Physical Reference Data (National Institue of Standards and Technology)
Numeric and bibliographic data

Physics Central (American Physical Society)

Physics (American Physical Society)

PhysicsWorld (Institute of Physics)
Physics news, jobs, and resources.

Resources in Physics (PAM Division of Special Libraries Assoc.)
Librarians' site to find people, professional societies, pathfinders for physics

Yahoo! Science: Physics
Metasite for Internet resources on physics

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

Guides to the major citation styles are available at the Reference Desk.

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

Citing in MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles (R-MC).

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles. Be sure to double-check the result for accuracy!


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