Physics and Astronomy Research Guide: Home

A guide to physics and astronomy resources at Columbia University Libraries.

To Start

Hello! Welcome to the Research Guide for Physics & Astronomy. This guide will help you access materials through Columbia Libraries and beyond.

Looking for books? Use CLIO, the libraries' primary search interface to find: books, databases, ebooks, journals, newspapers, and DVDs.

Looking for articles? Go to the "Find Articles" tab of this guide.

Find Books & Reference Materials

  • CLIO - search the Columbia Libraries' primary catalog. Includes materials from Barnard & ReCAP partners.
  • Course Reserves - find your course books here.
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics - the classic reference source, with thousands of pages about fundamental chemical and physical properties of matter.
  • CRC PHYSICSnetBASE - from astrophysics and quantum physics to materials science and optoelectronics, this unified e-library covers fundamental theories and contemporary investigations of time, matter, and space. It includes many volumes from the world-renowned Institute of Physics. (Ignore the 'Request Trial for Collection' banner, and click the 'Content I Have Access To' checkbox on the left side)

Find Materials We Don't Own

  • Borrow Direct enables you to rapidly borrow books directly from other university libraries. Try this if the book you need isn't in CLIO or is unavailable.
  • Interlibrary Loan enables you to borrow materials, including article or chapter scans, from libraries that aren't in the Borrow Direct network as well as to request scans of articles or book chapters from all libraries.
  • Scan & Deliver: Electronic Document Delivery enables you to request article or chapter scans from Columbia's collections.
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