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Physics Research Guide: Where to Start

Resources for physics students. Contact us at the Reference Desk for help with your library research, by phone at (819) 822-9600, ext. 2608 or by email at

Reference books

Browse the shelves in the Reference Room in the QB to QC call number range to find these books and other helpful resources.


A Dictionary of astronomy 

QB 14 .D52 2007 Ref


Cambridge illustrated dictionary of astronomy 

QB 14 .M568 2007 Ref


Encyclopedia of the solar system

QB 501 .E52 2007 Ref


Dictionary of physics

QC 5 .C56 2005 Ref


Q is for quantum : an encyclopedia of particle physics 

QC 793.2 .G747 2000 Ref


Facts on file physics handbook 

QC 61 .F33 2006 Ref 

Starting your research

NEED HELP WITH YOUR LIBRARY RESEARCH? Start at the Library Services desk in the lobby of the new Library Learning Commons. 

The right side of the Library Services desk is for Research Assistance and is staffed by the librarians. The Librarians are there to help you navigate the wealth of information available to you and help you find the important information you are after. 

A good first step in research is defining your topic. Use the reference books listed in the boxes on this page, as well as other reference books to get a better understanding of your research topic. You will also find helpful information on our web site, for example under the "How do I?" link.



Reference e-books

Follow these links to reference works from the Oxford Reference Online collection. NOTE: If you are working from off campus, you will be prompted to enter the bar code number from your Bishop's ID before you will be granted access.

Dictionary of astronomy


Dictionary of physics


Dictionary of space exploration


Dictionary of statistics


Oxford companion to cosmology



More Physics Books

 Front Cover

Complete idiot's guide to understanding Einstein

QC 16 .E5 M67 2000 General


Van Nostrand's scientific encyclopedia

Q 121 .V3 2008 Ref


Encyclopedia of space and astronomy

QB 136 .A55 2006 Ref