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Thomas Library

Selected Resources for Physics

Books | Indexes | Periodicals | Web Sites | Help

Books

Library of Congress Subject Headings | Call Numbers
Library Catalogs | Reference Books | Top

Library of Congress Subject Headings

25th ed., 5 vols., 2002.
Kept on the long table by the main bank of EZRA/Web terminals.

Call Numbers

Following are some of the common call numbers for books on various topics in Physics. It is useful when browsing for books to have a general call number, but it is not a replacement for doing an EZRA (our online catalog) search.

QB Astronomy QC 1-75 General Physics
QC 81-114 Weights and Measures QC 120-168.85 Descriptive and Experimental Mechanics
QC 170-197 Atomic Physics QC 221-246 Acoustics. Sound
QC 251-338.5 Heat QC 350-467 Optics. Light
QC 474-496.9 Radiation Physics QC 501-766 Electricity and Magnetism
QC 770-798 Nuclear and Particle Physics. Atomic Energy. Radioactivity QC 801-809 Geophysics. Cosmic Physics
QC 811-849 Geomagnetism QC 851-999 Meteorology. Climatology

Locating Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg: WebEZRA -- the online catalog
At other Ohio academic Libraries: OhioLINK
In North America For ILL: WorldCat

Reference Books

Below is a select list of reference books relating to the physical sciences. These books can be found in the science and main libraries as noted.
Dictionary of Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy
Science Reference QB 14 .D53 2001
Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics (4 volumes)
Main Reference QB 14 .E534 2001
Facts on File Dictionary of Astronomy (3rd edition)
Science Reference QB 14 .F3 1994
Oxford Dictionary of Physics
Online Access via Oxford
Main Reference QC 5 .C56 2000
Science Reference QC 5 .C56 2000 c.2
Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Physics (9 volumes and 2 supplements)
Science Reference QC 5 .E52
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics (4 volumes)
Science Reference QC 5 .M15 1996
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Physics
Main Reference QC 5 .M425 1993
Encyclopedia of Physics
Main Reference QC 5 .R596 2004
AIP Style Manual 4th edition
Science Reference QC 5.45 .A45 1990
AIP Style Manual 4th edition online
Twentieth Century Physics (3 volumes)
Science Reference QC 7 .T84 1995
American Institute of Physics Handbook (3rd edition)
Science Reference QC 61 .A5 1972
Handbook of Physical Quantities
Science Reference QC 61 .H36 1997
Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate (2 volumes)
Main Reference QC 854 .A45 2002
Weather Almanac (9th edition)
Science Reference QC 983 .W4277 8th ed. 1998
Main Reference QC 983 .W4277 9th ed. 1999
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Main Reference QD 65 .H3 79th, 1998-1999
Science Reference QD 65 .H3 87th, 2006-2007

Indexes

INSPEC
Covers 1969 to present. Index to literature in all areas of physics. Database is updated weekly and contains some full text.
Compendex
A comprehensive index to all areas of engineering. Covers 1969 to present and is updated monthly. Some full text is available.
Science Citation Index
SCI is part of Web of Science, this database allows you to search an index of science articles and also find out who has cited an article.
Access Science
Full text access to over 7000 articles in all areas of science. Updated daily.
Video Encyclopedia of Physics Demonstrations
Containes 600 demonstrations of physics principles. RealPlayer format.
Academic Search Complete
This is a broad subject database covering most academic topics. Many full text articles.
Wilson Index
The Wilson Index contains informaion in three broad categories: science, humanities, and social sciences. Coverage goes back to 1983 and some full text is included.

Periodicals

Periodicals are where most of the information for your research papers will come. Remember that there are scholarly publications as well as popular publications You will most likely want to stick to scholarly publications for your research. For hints on how to tell the two apart, please see Scholarly vs. Popular Articles.

Wittenberg owns many scientific journals in both print and electronic formats. The links below will help you to find out what journals we own, the format, and where they are located.

Journals the Library Has
This is a searchable index of the periodicals Wittenberg owns in electronic and print formats. Location and dates owned are also provided.

Journal Interlibrary Loan Form
Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles not owned at Wittenberg from other libraries. Please see the form for more details.

Web Sites

American Institute of Physics

American Physical Society

When using the internet, always be thinking critically about what you are viewing. Good and bad information both reside on the internet and it isn't always easy to tell the two apart. For hints on spotting good web pages, please see the library's page on Evaluating Web Sites.

If you choose to use internet sites as information resources, you must cite them just as you must cite a book or journal article. For help citing webpages and other online resources, take a look at Citing Electronic Resources.

Help

If you are having trouble with your research, please contact Alisa Mizikar, the Science Librarian, via email at amizikar@wittenberg.edu or call extension 7515. You can also contact any of the reference librarians at refdesk@wittenberg.edu or at extension 7511.

Compiled by Alisa Mizikar.