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Physics (Minor): Research Help

Welcome to the Physics Research Guide!

This guide is to help you get a jumpstart on Physics Research by giving an overview of what Physics Resources are available in the library, along with some quick tips on how to find and use them.


Sherratt Library provides access to a number of databases on a wide range of subjects. Below is a list of databases with content related to Physics:

Journals and Periodicals

Although many of the journals we have in Sherratt Library are available in electronic form, there are times when a print copy is the way to go. Below is a list of journals we have in print and electronic formats. See titles for links to each journal. (Note: Print copies of journals are housed on the first floor of Sherratt Library, organized alphabetically by title.)

Books and Ebooks

Here at Sherratt Library, we use the Library of Congress classification system (call numbers) to organize most of our items, including print books and e-books. Below is a general list of call numbers that relate to Physics (they can help you find items faster).

  • QC1-75 Physics
  • QC120-168.85 Weights and measures
  • QC170-197 Descriptive and experimental mechanics
  • QC221-246 Atomic physics 
  • QC251-338.5 Acoustics. Sound
  • QC310.15-319 Heat
  • QC350-467Thermodynamics
  • QC450-467 Optics. Light
  • QC474-496.9 Spectroscopy
  • QC501-766 Radiation physics 
  • QC501-721, 770-798 Electricity and magnetism  
  • QC750-766 Plasma physics and Ionized gases  
  • QC793-793.5 Nuclear and particle physics.
  • QC794.95-798 Radioact Elementary particle physics