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Astronomy & Physics
Revised by Deborah Henry
This is a selected list of both print and electronic materials available at Poynter Library or through the Libraries of the USF System web site. Circulating print materials in these two subject areas are located on the third floor of Poynter library. Astronomy can be found under the basic classification QB and physics under QC.
In order to access some electronic materials remotely, USF patrons must first log into their Net ID/Blackboard accounts via my.usf.edu. Select the Libraries of the USF System tab and then click on the Libraries of the USF System icon.
AIP Conference Proceedings.
Applied Science and Technology Full Text. 1997 to date.
Proquest Dissertations and Theses – A&I. 1861 to date.
Current Contents Connect. Latest 12 months.
General Science Full Text. 1995 to date. Indexing from 1984.
IEEE Xplore. 1988 to date.
INSPEC. 1969 to date.
Web of Science. Institute for Scientific Information
Dictionary of Weights, Measures and Units. REF QC82 .F428 2002.
Facts on File Dictionary of Astronomy. REF QB14 .F3 2000.
Definitions of over 3500 terms and some illustrations comprise this resource covering the fields of astronomy, spectroscopy, photometry, particle physics, and computing. Special features include tabular presentations of the physical characteristics of planets and their moons, asteroids, meteor showers, constellations, the brightest and nearest stars, and famous persons.
Facts on File Dictionary of Weather and Climate . REF QC854.F33 2001
Although intended for students of meteorology and climatology, with over 2000 entries, this volume should be helpful to the general college population. An appendices includes a chronology of major events and conversion tables.
Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Astronomy. REF QB14 .K497 2002.
This volume primarily targets the practicing non-professional observer. Coverage includes terms, techniques, processes, instruments, and formulas. It is cross-referenced, presents some web addresses for relevant organizations, and identifies some popular astronomy magazines. Appendices and a bibliography are included.
Oxford Dictionary of Physics. REF QC5 .C56 2000.
In addition to entries relating to physics, this dictionary contains those terms relating to astronomy that are necessary for an understanding of astrophysics. Biographical entries on physicists and other scientists responsible for the development of the subject are included. Appendices list the Greek alphabet, SI (standard international) units, fundamental constants, the solar system, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space. REF QB500.262 .Z56 2000.
Covers “the exploration of space in the twentieth century, from the launch of Sputnik in October 1957 through December 1999.” Entries are grouped by date. Appendices list satellites and missions three ways: alphabetically, by subject, and by nation. A glossary, a bibliography, and an index are at the back.
Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics. 4 v. REF QB14 .E534 2001.
Seven hundred main articles, lengthy and signed, each ending with a bibliography, are interspersed with 800 short entries defining specific terms. Short biographical sketches of the world’s leading astronomers and astrophysicists, mostly historical but including modern Nobel Prize winners, are given. Index at the end of the 4 th volume.
Encyclopedia of Space Science and Technology, 2v. REF QB497 .E53 2003
Written for the nonprofessional, yet technically literate user, this volume covers the technology, scientific results, and applications of space exploration. Lengthy articles are signed and all contributors are actively engage in space science. Bibliographies for each article are included.
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics. 4 v. REF QC5 .M15 1996.
This set includes illustrated articles on the discipline of physics, plus biographical names and historical entries of significance to the field. Each is signed and many include bibliographies and “see also” references. There are explanatory tables of abbreviations, symbols, and journal abbreviations which might be particularly helpful. There is a lengthy index plus a short glossary in volume 4.
This resource is a compilation of information and data important to the fields of inorganic and organic chemistry, thermochemistry, fluid properties, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, practical laboratory data, health and safety. It includes helpful mathematical and conversion tables, identification of symbols, and definitions of terminology.
Facts on File Space and Astronomy Handbook. REF QB43.3 .A44 2002
This resource is divided into four parts. Section 1 is an illustrated glossary of terms. Section 2 contains brief biographies of over 400 persons while section 3 presents a chronology of important events in astronomy and space science. The last section is comprised of tables and charts containing data and information.
Scientific Unit Conversion. REF QC94 .C295 1997.
Subtitled “a practical guide to metrication,” this book aims to provide “rapid and accurate conversion of scientific units to their SI equivalents.” It gives a history of the international system of units plus a breakdown of other systems, including obsolete national and regional ones. Appendices list the Greek alphabet, Roman numerals, large number rules, French-English lexicon for units and physical quantities, old alchemical symbols, and more. A bibliography and list of ISO standards are at the back.
Astronomical Almanac. REF QB8 .A45.
This resource is a collaborative effort by the United States and Great Britain. The volume is divided into sections covering phenomena for the year (e.g., eclipses, visibility of planets, phases of the moon, etc.) and time scales and coordinate systems including calendars and holidays. There are chapters on the sun, major planets and their moons, star systems, observatories, and tables and data. Some related Web sites are also given.
Nautical Almanac. REF QB8 .U3.
Like the Astronomical Almanac, this resource is a collaborative effort by the United States and Great Britain and presents similar information about space phenomena. Positions (latitude and longitude) of major celestial bodies are presented in tables as well as formulae and methods needed for calculating positions at sea.
Atlas of the Universe. REF QB44 .M5425 1998.
Gives a history of astronomy, and details the earth, its moon, the sun and the other planets of this solar system. Expands to our galaxy and those beyond, the universe, and the major identified stars. Lavishly illustrated. Glossary and index at the back.
AIP is an American corporation, established to promote knowledge in physics through the publishing of scholarly journals, membership activities, and improving public understanding. This Web site provides access to career information, publications, membership services, and position papers. One interesting element of the site is the History Center where significant people and events in the history of physics are described with text and illustrations. Affiliates of AIP that provide similar information include:
Institute of Physics (IOP)
This organization was founded to serve physical scientists of Great Britain and Ireland, but membership is open worldwide. Like AIP, the Web site provides information and news on members, products, careers, and education.
This site is a searchable guide to a wide variety of Web sites pertaining to the physical sciences. Some sites include reference resources, company pages, and educational sites.
Advances in Physics. Online: 1998 to date. Refereed.