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This guide will help you navigate information sources in physics.


To find books, try the catalogs listed below. If you don't find the book you need in the Vassar Library Catalog or using ConnectNY, use ILLiad, Vassar Library's interlibrary loan service. Click here for more information about interlibrary loan services.

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Search Tips for Using the Vassar Library Catalog

When you find a book of interest, note the location, write down the call number, and check the status. Also look at the subject headings assigned to the book; you might find it useful to click on these headings to find similar books on your topic.

Click here for help understanding book locations and call numbers.

Call Numbers in Physics

Books in Vassar Library are assigned a call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. The call number consists of a combination of letters and numbers, and is designed so that books on similar topics will be near each other on the shelf and easy to browse.

Some physics books are in the Sanders Physics Library and some are in the Main Library. If you want to browse the collections, call number ranges are as follows:

QC1 to
General Physics
QC170 to QC197 Atomic Physics
QC221 to QC246 Acoustics
QC251 to QC338.5 Heat
QC350 to
QC501 to
Electricity and Magnetism
QC717.6 to QC718.8 Plasma Physics
QC770 to
Nuclear and Particle Physics