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Physics Books & Media

How to Find books, videos, and other materials in Steely Library.

  • These are suggestions only and do not reflect the full range of materials that may be useful to you.
  • If you need additional assistance, Ask Steely Library!

For locating specific items, including videos in the Media Collection, using the library's catalog, NKUIRE, is recommended. Keyword, Author, Title, and Subject are among the ways you can search.

For Non-Print Media (videos, DVDs, CDs, slides, etc.), Consider the "Media Searches" tab atop the NKUIRE search page.

WorldCat is the world's most comprehensive bibliography, with more than 49 million bibliographic records representing 400 languages. Covers information from 2100 B.C.E. to the present. Includes holdings information from libraries across the world. Now includes the Library of Congress Subject Headings as its thesaurus. If Steely Library does not own a title, it may be requested through SourceFinder.

Browsing for books in Steely's Reference and Circulating collections can be very useful


For Physics, the following call number areas are suggested:

  • QC1-999 - Physics
  • QC1-75 - General
  • QC81-114 - Weights and measures
  • QC120-168.85M - Descriptive and experimental mechanics
  • QC170-197 - Atomic physics. Constitution and properties of matter Including molecular physics, relativity, quantum theory, and solid state physics
  • QC221-246 - Acoustics. Sound
  • QC251-338.5 - Heat
  • QC310.15-319 - Thermodynamics
  • QC350-467 - Optics. Light
  • QC450-467 - Spectroscopy
  • QC474-496.9 - Radiation physics (General)
  • QC501-766 - Electricity and magnetism
  • QC501-721 - Electricity
  • QC669-675.8 - Electromagnetic theory
  • QC676-678.6 - Radio waves (Theory)
  • QC701-715.4 - Electric discharge
  • QC717.6-718.8 - Plasma physics. Ionized gases
  • QC750-766 - Magnetism
  • QC770-798 - Nuclear and particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity
  • QC793-793.5 - Elementary particle physics
  • QC794.95-798 - Radioactivity and radioactive substances
  • QC801-809 - Geophysics. Cosmic physics
  • QC811-849 - Geomagnetism
  • QC851-999 - Meteorology. Climatology Including the earth's atmosphere
  • QC974.5-976 - Meteorological optics
  • QC980-999 - Climatology and weather
  • QC994.95-999 - Weather forecasting

New Physics Titles in the Library Catalog, NKUIRE



The Physics Research Guide is maintained by Philip Yannarella. Suggestions and comments are welcome.

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