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Physics & Astronomy

Subject Guide for Research Help for Physics and Astronomy at Reed College


Using the Reed Catalog you can search Reed's collection, local libraries (via Summit), & libraries all over the world (via WorldCat) all at once. You can even check your account & renew Reed items from "My Account".

Sometimes browsing the shelves is helpful.  Some relevant call number ranges are:

Astronomy (QB)

QB1-139   General

QB140-237   Practical & spherical astronomy

QB349-421   Theoretical astronomy

QB460-466   Astrophysics

QB468-480   Non-optical methods of astronomy

QB495-903   Solar System & stars

QB980-991   Cosmology

Physics (QC)

QC1-75   General

QC120-168.85   Descriptive & exp. mechanics

QC170-197   Atomic physics

QC221-246   Acoustics & sound

QC251-338.5   Heat & thermodynamics

QC350-467   Optics & light

QC501-766   Electricity & magnetism

QC770-798   Nuclear & particle physics

Review Publications

Review publications contain articles that review the research already done in a given area. A review article can give you a synthesis of a particular topic and provide you with an extensive bibliography.

To identify review articles, most databases allow you to search by article type (review) or limit your search to reviews. Reed Library also subscribes to annual reviews and review journals. 

Annual Review of … (search or browse all titles)
Reed subscribes to the entire collect of Annual Review titles. A selection relevant to physics and astronomy includes: Astronomy and Astrophysics; Biophysics and Biomolecular Structure;  Nuclear and Particle Science; and Physical Chemistry

Reviews of Modern Physics
Interesting feature is section at back of each issue listing review articles published in other (selected) journals.

Springer Books Online

eBrary Academic Complete