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Physics and Astronomy

E-Books and Online Reference Books

Reference Sources

  • Credo Reference - Find references from thousands of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, subject-specific titles and multi-media sources on all subjects.
  • Funk and Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia - Online encyclopedia with 25,000 entries.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - The full text of hundreds of reference books.
  • Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature - Searchable database of features found on planets and satellites that the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named and approved. Includes images and information on nomenclature history and guidelines. Maintained by USGS Astrogeology Research Program in cooperation with NASA and other science and space agencies.
  • Oxford Reference Online - Full text of over 100 of the Oxford reference works on a variety of subjects.
  • Sage Knowledge - Full text of Sage reference books.
  • Science in Context - Integrates authoritative scientific reference content with headlines and videos to demonstrate how science relates to the real world. Includes images, experiments and videos.
  • Dictionary of Units - Provides a summary of units of measurement as well as conversion factors for conversion to SI. Also includes a conversion calculator and a printable pocket guide.


  • e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection - Full-text of Duke University Press ebooks.
  • EBSCO eBook Collection - A selected collection of ebooks (formerly NetLibrary).
  • JSTOR: Physics and JSTOR: Astronomy - Full text of scholarly journals and books in arts and science, business and economics, language and literature, humanities and social sciences. Current journals are not entered into the database for two to five years.
  • National Academies Press - Math, Chemistry & Physics - The National Academies work encompasses science, engineering, and medicine. Books can be read online or downloaded as pdfs.
  • Online Books Page - Full text of over 20,000 free online books, maintained by the Univ. of Pennsylvania.
  • ProQuest Ebook Central - The site for thousands of ebooks on all topics from this vendor. It includes the collection formerly known as Ebrary Academic Collection.
  • SpringerLink - Full text of the Springer journals available through the CUNY consortium, and Hunter's collection of Springer ebooks. Green icon next to title indicates that we have access to a book or journal.
  • Wiley Online Library - Books and journals from the publisher Wiley.