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Physics Subject Guide

Selected Reference Books

AIP Physics Desk Reference
     Ref QC 61 .P49

The Astronomical Almanac for the Year
     Ref QB 8 .U6 A77

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Encyclopedia
     Ref QB 14 .A873

The Cambridge Atlas of Astronomy
     Ref QB 65 .G6813

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics: A Ready-Reference Book of Chemical and Physical Data
     Ref QD 65 .C73

Dictionary of Effects and Phenomena in Physics: Descriptions, Applications, Tables
     Ref QC 5 .S3513

A Dictionary of Physics
     Ref QC 5 .C56

Encyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
     Ref QD 451 .E539

Encyclopedia of Modern Physics
     Ref QC 5 .E544

Encyclopedia of Physics
     Ref QC 5 .E545

Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry
     Ref QC 451 .E55

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics (4 vols.)
     Ref QC 5 .M15

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology (20 vols.)
     Ref Q121 .M3

The Physical Sciences in the Twentieth Century
     Ref Q 125 .G495

The Scientific American Science Desk Reference
     Ref Q 173 .S427

Twentieth Century Physics (3 vols.)
     Ref QC 7 .B685

VNR Index of Chemical and Physical Data
     Ref QC 61 .J36


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Find Journal Articles


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Search the following indexes to locate citations to and/or full-text of journal articles. If the article does not appear to be full-text online, search for its availability using the Journal Finder. Journals listed as "in Geisel Library Paper Holdings" are shelved alphabetically by journal title on the Lower Level of the library. Many others are available full-text online by following the links provided.

Academic Search Premier
A broad index providing abstracts and some full-text for a range of academic areas, including physics.

Astrophysics Data System
"The main body of data in the ADS consists of bibliographic records, including abstracts, of conference proceedings, bulletins, and observatory publications in astronomy and astrophysics. Some full-text articles are also included in this database."

A citation-only database; links to papers presented at meetings, conferences and symposia worldwide. It is often possible to obtain the papers via our Interlibrary Loan service.

ProQuest Science Journals
A collection of approximately 1,000 full-text journals from the fields of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and the earth sciences.

SciFinder Scholar
SciFinder Scholar provides access to Chemical Abstracts from 1907 to the present. Visit the library's SciFinder Scholar page for more information on this database.

Use this free search engine to find scholarly scientific information on the Internet. In addition to searching for peer-reviewed journal articles from major publishers, Scirus also finds technical reports from the government, journal article pre-prints, and publications in university digital archives. Many items are available in full-text. To activate WebBridge in Scirus, click the Preferences link and enable "library partner links" to Saint Anselm College.

Spires HEP Literature Database
The Stanford Public Information Retrieval System (SPIRES) indexes more than 500,000 high energy physics-related papers in this public access database.



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Find Books

Search the library catalog to locate books in Geisel Library. Search by keyword (e.g., big bang theory) if you are unsure of the title you are looking for. Most physics books are located on the Upper Level of the library in the QC section. Search WorldCat to search collections of libraries worldwide. Find a book in this database, and, if not owned by SAC, you can request it from Interlibrary Loan with one click. Your book(s) will be available for pickup in the library within 7-14 days. Ask for help in using this database at the reference desk, in person, or online at Ask a Librarian.

Ebrary is an online library containing thousands of e-books spanning across all scholarly disciplines. Books can either be opened in QuickView for instant viewing or in the ebrary Reader (a downloadable plug-in), which provides enhanced functionality such as the ability to copy/paste, highlight, or take notes in a particular book.


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Selected Websites

Searching the World Wide Web can yield a vast amount of information, but in terms of quality and reliability, your results may be uneven at best. The ease and speed with which individuals can publish information on the web, regardless of accuracy or quality, makes it imperative that when doing research on the web you know how to evaluate the information you find. To learn more, see our guide on Evaluating Websites.

American Institute of Physics
Includes information on AIP publications, conferences, jobs and more. is a fully automated electronic archive and distribution server for research papers in physics, computer science, mathematics, and other scientific endeavors.

DC Physics: Help for Students
Developed for physics students, this web site has links to animations/simulations, reference aids, shareware, freeware, and tutorials. It also has links to other physics web sites.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar indexes a subset of scholarly literature in all fields. Coverage appears to be strong in the area of physics, especially for scholarship that is available online.

Institute of Physics
Includes full text of journals New Journal of Physics, Classical and Quantum Gravity, and Distributed Systems Engineering. Abstracts available for Journal of Physics parts A, B, C, D & G. Consult the Library Reference desk for help in obtaining the full text of these articles.

Intute Physics Gateway
Centralized access to resources in the physical sciences which are selected and described by subject specialists.

Learn Physics Today
The first chapter helps the student to develop basic math skills needed to study physics. The remaining fourteen chapters cover mechanics, lights and waves, and electricity. There are quizzes at the end of each chapter.

Physical Review Online Archive (PROLA) Mirror
Cornell University Library houses a live mirror of PROLA, the American Physical Society's Physical Review Online Archive. It is "the concrete expression of APS's commitment to ensuring the immediate and long-term accessibility all journal content that we publish."

Physics 2000
An easily navigable web site that incorporates interactive applets to enable learning in modern physics.

Physics: An annotated list of key resources on the Internet
Published in C&RL News (College and Research Libraries) in March 2000.

Physics Laboratory: NIST Physical Reference Data
Sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, this web site is divided into six major divisions: electron and optical physics; atomic physics; optical technology; ionizing radiation; time and frequency and quantum physics.

Physics WWW Resources
A basic guide for undergraduates compiled by the Owens Library at Northwest Missouri State University.

Includes features from Physics World magazine as well as news stories and essential links to related Web sites. Physics and Astronomy Online
The is a comprehensive physics and astronomy online education, research and reference web site. is a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results. Included are selected web sites, databases of technical reports, journal articles and other published materials such as conference proceedings.

SIMBAD Astronomical Database
"Contains information on 3.3 million astronomical objects, including stars, clusters of stars, nebulae, novae, supernovae, galaxies, and clusters of galaxies. It also includes information on radio, infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray, and gamma ray sources." (Choice '05)


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Citing Sources

See the library's Citing Sources guide for resources on how to properly cite research materials. Always confirm the style required by your instructor.


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