Physics & Astronomy: Home

A guide to resources for students in Physics & Astronomy

JF Allen Library

The JF Allen Library is the University's main science library. Most textbooks for the sciences are held here although for research in some subjects or to consult older works you may have to use the Main Library.

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It is located on the top floor of the Physics building on North Haugh. During the day it is open to all students.

For more information please see the JF Allen page on the Library website.

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Reading Lists

Access your reading lists and get a direct link to the catalogue or electronic resource through our reading list service (Astronomy lists / Physics lists). Also accessible through Moodle, MMS and iSaint.

Key Databases for Physics & Astronomy

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Useful Search & Reference Resources

Credo Reference is a collection of serveral hundred major reference books including dictionaries, encyclopaedias and thesauri. It has several Astronomy & Physics reference works such as Astronomy Encyclopedia, Dictionary of Astronomy, Encyclopedia of the Solar System, Guide to Stars and Planets, Illustrated Dictionary of Science, McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms and The Penguin Dictionary of Physics

Wolfram Alpha is a science search engine that also lets you carry out calculations.