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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: EZRA -- 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
Reference QB 14 .D53 2001
Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics (4 volumes)
Reference QB 14 .E534 2001
Oxford Dictionary of Physics
Reference QC 5 .C56 2000
Main Stacks QC 5 .C56 2000 c.2.
Penguin Dictionary of Physics 4th edition, 2009
Availble online
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics (4 volumes)
Reference QC 5 .M15 1996
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Physics
Reference QC 5 .M425 1993
Encyclopedia of Physics
Reference QC 5 .R596 2004
AIP Style Manual 4th edition
Reference QC 5.45 .A45 1990
American Institute of Physics Handbook (3rd edition)
Reference QC 61 .A5 1972
Handbook of Physical Quantities
Reference QC 61 .H36 1997
Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate (2 volumes)
Reference QC 854 .A45 2002
Weather Almanac (9th edition)
Main Stacks QC 983 .W4277 8th ed. 1998
Reference QC 983 .W4277 9th ed. 1999
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Reference QD 65 .H3 82nd, 2001-2002
Reference QD 65 .H3 87th, 2006-2007


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.
Computers and Applied Sciences Complete
Covers the spectrum of the applied sciences, representing knowledge on traditional engineering challenges and providing material for research concerning the business and social implications of new technology.
A searchable database of the mathematical literature.
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.
One Search
One Search is very large, multi-subject database comprised of many other databases including EZRA, OhioLINK, Academic Search Complete and other subject specific databases including Science Citation Index, PsycInfo, GeoRef, EconLit and many more.


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.


If you are having trouble with your research, please contact Alisa Mizikar, the Science Librarian, via email at or by calling 937-327-7515. You can also contact any of the reference librarians at or at 937-327-7511.

Compiled by Alisa Mizikar.

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