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Gail Morton is the Physics Subject Librarian; she will be glad to answer your questions about research, instruction or the library's collections. You can contact Gail by phone or e-mail, or visit her in person at the Tarver Library.

Need help citing sources? If you use APA style, check out the guide from OWL at Purdue for help formatting your citations. You can also bring your reference list to the Ask Jack desk, and a librarian will check your citations.

College of Liberal Arts, Department of Physics home page

Physics Databases

IOPScience - Institute of Physics Journals Database
The complete run of all journals published by the United Kingdom's Institute of Physics. This new database features an updated interface for accessing these important physics titles.

Research Library (ProQuest)
Provides abstracts and indexing for over 2,600, as well as full text for over 1,700 scholarly journals and general magazines. Research Library is an expansion of, and replacement for, the database titled Periodical Abstracts Research II.

GALILEO Discovery is an “online library portal to authoritative, subscription-only information that isn’t available through free search engines or Web directories.” Discovery also provides an advanced search option so that the user is able to access multiple databases with a variety of disciplines in one place.

ACM Digital Library
The ACM Digital Library includes the Association for Computing Machinery's:

  • Core Package, with 19 journals and magazines and 26 transactions.
  • Master SIG (Special Interest Group) Package, with more than 85 conference proceedings and all SIG newsletters
  • The ACM Online Guide to Computing Literature ("the Guide"), a database of 850,000 bibliographic citations expanding beyond ACM's literature.

This database provides access to complete back files of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. This database provides archives of 27 journals related to Genral Science including Proceedings of the Royal Society of London with coverage back to 1854. The Tarver Library subscribes to the Arts & Sciences I, II, and III and also Health & General Sciences.

JSTOR's agreement with publishers include an updating provision referred to as a "moving wall," which is a fixed period of time ranging, in most cases, from 2 to 5 years, that defines the gap between the most recently published issue of any journal and the date of the most recent issue available in JSTOR. This database will begin to include some current content in 2011. The Tarver Library is not yet subscribing to this current content. Tarver librarians created this guide to help students using this database.

Dissertations and Theses Full Text (ProQuest)
Dissertations and Theses Full Text is a multidisciplinary database which includes 2.4 million searchable citations to dissertations and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1.2 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.

Science & Technology Collection (EBSCO)
Contains over 800 full-text journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community. Topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, computer technology, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology, marine sciences and materials science. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 1,700 publications. This collection contains many scholarly journals.

Web of Science (Web of Knowledge/Thomson Reuters)
Provides detailed citations and abstracts for the top scholarly periodicals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Includes the Science Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Covers both domestic and international journals, open access resources, books, patents, proceedings, and Web sites.

American Chemical Society Journals
The American Chemical Society journals are published in both paper and online format. The Society has made the online journals available to subscribers, and provides a search tool covering all their journals. You can search by title words, author, and year of publication, and can limit your search to one or several journals.

Physics Journals

Physics journals in the University Libraries Catalog

Physics journals available through online databases

The Royal Society's Proceedings and Philosophical Transactions also available in full text

Physics Books

Search the library catalog to find books available in the Mercer University Libraries.  Before getting the item from the shelves, please check the "location" column to be sure it is at your library. If the item you need is at another location, view this guide on how to request it.   Items not available in the University Libraries may be requested via Interlibrary Loan.

Physics books available in the Tarver Library on the 1st floor include these Library of Congress classification numbers:

  • QC1 - QC75   General physics
  • QC81 - QC114   Weights & measures
  • QC120 - QC168.85   Experimental physics
  • QC170 - QC197   Atomic physics
  • QC221 - QC246   Acoustics. Sound
  • QC251 - QC338.5   Heat
  • QC350 - QC467   Optics. Light
  • QC474 - QC496.9   Radiation physics (General)
  • QC501 - QC766   Electricity & magnetism
  • QC770 - QC798   Nuclear & particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity
  • QC801 - QC809   Geophysics. Cosmic physics
  • QC811 - QC849   Geomagnetism
  • QC851 - QC999   Meteorology. Climatology

See what new books have been added to Tarver Library's Physics collection by viewing New Acquisitions. If you don't see a title in the list or in the online catalog, suggest new or additional titles that the library should purchase.

    Physics Reference Sources in the Tarver Library

    CRC handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Reference QD65 .H3
    An essential source for all physical sciences, this contains essential information: constants, unit measures, conversion factors, symbols, terminology, physical constants for organic compounds, properties of the elements, biochemistry, and a range of mathematical tables.

    Encyclopedia of spectroscopy and spectrometry Reference, QC450.3 .E53 2000 (3 vols.)

    Handbook of physics
    QC61 .H37 2002

    McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology Reference, Q121 .M3 2012 (20 vols.)

    Useful Physics Web Sites
    Open access to 396,715 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Quantitative Biology

    A collection of conference proceedings that have been published online, many dealing with High-Energy Physics and related fields. Provides proceedings in html, Word and LaTeX templates.

    Einstein Archives Online
    The Einstein Archives Online Website provides online access to Albert Einstein’s scientific and non-scientific manuscripts held by the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and to an extensive Archival Database, constituting the material record of one of the most influential intellects in the modern era. The site allows viewing and browsing of approx. 3,000 high-quality digitized images of Einstein’s writings.

    Fundamental Physical Constants
    From the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

    The Laws List
    A list of various laws, rules, principles, and other related topics in physics and astronomy.

    Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme
    PACS is a hierarchical subject classification scheme for physics and astronomy providing an essential tool for classification and efficient retrieval of literature in physics and astronomy.

    Search more than 500,000 high-energy physics-related articles including journal papers, preprints, e-prints, technical reports, conference papers, and theses comprehensively indexed by the SLAC and DESY libraries since 1974.

    Stupid Movie Physics
    Take a look at this website where they reveal which of Hollywood’s famous stunts defy the laws of physics. Calculations are provided to show why certain situations are not realistic.

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