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Use this guide to access resources for researching physics and physics-related topics.

Places to Start your Research

Use Buhl’s Discovery Service to find articles, books & more!

Annual Reviews

offer "comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists" in a variety of disciplines, including:

Or find literature reviews here:

To find research articles, start by reading review articles. 

Review articles provide:

  • important keywords and terms
  • a timeline of existing research, 
  • great bibliographies of previous research,
  • the names of important authors on that area of scientific research.

After you have read some review articles, you are ready to move onto finding Research Articles.

Find Books & eBooks

Search for print & eBooks using these links:

Some search terms to start.

  • Force and energy

  • Matter

  • Motion

  • Music--acoustics and physics

  • Nuclear physics

  • Optics

  • Physics

  • Quantum theory

  • Sound

  • Thermodynamics

NOTE: This is just a short list of terms to get you started. 

Need a book the library does not own?

You can request the book through Interlibrary Loan.  Info and a downloadable form are available here!

To search for books available in other libraries, try using

WorldCat -- Search the holdings of more than 10,000 libraries to locate books and identify citation information.


Library of Congress -- Access to the Library of Congress catalog and other online collections.

NOTE: Users do not need to identify a library that owns the book. Simply provide the appropriate information on the form and library staff will do the rest!