Defining Physics
Physics is the study of matter and its motion through space and time. It also studies energy and force. It’s considered the oldest science and encompasses many topics such as biophysics, fluid mechanics, astrophysics and astronomy, general and special relativity, quantum mechanics, and gravitation. Consider using our mathematics subject guide simultaneously with the physics guide. The relationship between physics and math is a necessary one. For more information on their connection, check out this article.

There are several ways to use the library to search for information regarding the physical sciences:

Find Print Books in the Library
-Use the library catalog to locate books

-Perform a word or phrase search using keywords such as “kinematics” or “nuclear physics.” Word or phrase searches will search the entire records of all the items in the catalog, including author, title, and subject areas.
Perform a subject search using a keyword such as “atomic” to search for items on a specific topic.

-The physical science books can be found in the 500s of the library collection
Find Current Research Articles
The Library subscribes to several article databases, each suited to different fields and levels of study. If you are away from campus, you will need to access these databases through Ocean Connect. If you are unsure how to do this, please follow these instructions, or ask a member of the Library’s staff for assistance.

Here are a few suggested databases that OCC provides which may prove useful to your research:
ScienceDirect – A comprehensive, full text database providing coverage of core, scholarly journals and books from a wide variety of subject disciplines, including the biological, physical, and engineering/computer sciences, as well as social and behavioral sciences, such as psychology, education, and business.
Science Magazine Online – Full-text, online access to Science Magazine, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Academic Search Premier – Provides full text access to a very broad range of topics: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.
Facts on File – offers both the Science Online and a Health Reference Center reference databases. Filled with short, encyclopedic style articles and interactive features, these databases can provide easy, reliable content for your reference.

Internet Resources
The table below is a list of e-resources free to use for your studies in physics.
Most of these resources are open access. For more information on open access, view our open access subject guide.

Site Description
OpenStax Free e-text books produced by the openstax college initiative
Physics Database Free physics and astronomy e-books. Also includes videos and papers on physics.
Einstein Archives Online The entirety of Einstein’s works on one site
Public Library of Science An open access database for all things science
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information
A publicly accessible database for energy-related research
IAEA NUCLEUS A plethora of databases for all things physics. Provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency
National Nuclear Data Center Data for nuclear physics and chemistry. Used for nuclear research and applying its technologies. Provided by the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Provides highly detailed 3D maps of galaxies and quasars

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