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Finding Reference Information
Use reference sources to discover background information on a topic. This will help you to refine your search in the catalog and databases (as well as your thesis!).
Feeling a little lost and want information on a general topic (like "general relativity")?
Try looking in the online databases Gale Virtual Reference Library or in Credo. Both have the full text of several dictionaries and encyclopedias online for you and will help you get started on a topic.
- American Ephemeris for the 21st Century: 2000 to 2050 at Midnight.
Reference QB 12 .M53 1997
- Ancient Astronomy: an Encyclopedia of Cosmologies and Myth.
Reference QB16 .R84 2005
- Astronomical Almanac for the Year. Received Annually.
Reference QB 8 .U6 A77
- Astronomy Encyclopedia.
Reference QB 14 .P48 2002 and Online.
- Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stars.
Reference QB 801.6 .K35 2006
- Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Sun.
Reference QB 521 .L24 2001
- Cambridge Illustrated Dictionary of Astronomy. Online.
- Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space.
Reference QB 500.262 .Z56 2000
- Collins Dictionary of Astronomy. 5th ed. Online.
- A Dictionary of Astronomy.
Reference QB 14 .D52 2012
- Dictionary of Minor Planet Names: Addendum to fifth edition, 2006-2008. Online via Springer ebooks.
- Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics . 4 vols.
Reference QB 14 .E534 2001
- Encyclopedia of Space and Astronomy.
Reference QB 136 .A55 2006
- Encyclopedia of Space Exploration.
Reference QB 500.262 .A54 2000
- Encyclopedia of the Solar System.
Reference QB 501 .E53 2007 and Online.
- Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia: an Alphabetical Reference to All Life in the Universe.
Reference QB 54 .D365 2000
- Facts on File Dictionary of Astronomy.
Reference QB 14 .F3 2000
- Firefly Atlas of the Universe. 3rd ed.
Reference QB 44.2 .M66 2005
- History of Astronomy: an Encyclopedia.
Reference QB 15 .H624 1997
- Philip's Atlas of the Universe. Online.
- Philip's Guide to Stars and Planets. Online.
- Space Atlas : Mapping the Universe and Beyond.
Reference QB 65 .T74 2012
- Stars and Planets: the Most Complete Guide to the Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and the Solar System.
Reference QB 63 .R527 2007
- Start by heading to the library catalog at the top of this screen.
- Try typing in a couple of words to narrow your topic, such as "photography" and "astronomy".
- Click on titles that interest you in order to get more information, including a table of contents for the book and a summary.
- Write down the title, location, and call number in order to find the book. Head to a reference desk in the library to get help finding your book.
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Best Bets: Databases
The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to thousands of popular and credible, scholarly journals. Many databases provide access to full-text articles, while some provide information about the article only (citation).
- Academic Search Complete
Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.
- Science Direct
Full-text of hundreds of scientific journals from the publisher Elsevier. Be sure to select "Subscribed Journals" from the Source drop-down menu. Datasets are available for some articles in the "article outline" section.
- The Journal for the History of Astronomy has great articles on a variety of astronomical topics. (Online from 1999-present.)
- Science Online.
The full text of Science from 1997-Present. Science is available from 1880-1996 in the JSTOR database.
- Scientific American Archives Online
Indexing of every issue of Scientific American. PDFs of every article from 1993 to present.
Not finding what you need? Try our full list of science databases.
Not finding the article you want in full-text online? Start by checking our journal locator to be sure that the article isn't just in another of our databases. Type in the journal name to see if we have access to the journal, and if so, for which dates.
For journal articles, bibliographic citations in the chemical literature tend to give abbreviated titles. Talk to Laura if you need help finding the full journal title when requesting an article. This guide to astronomy journal abbreviations will be helpful.
Still not finding your article?
Use Interlibrary Loan to get books and articles from other libraries. For books, be sure to get author, title and date whenever possible.
Interlibrary loan articles may take up to 5 business days, so give yourself time to get these materials.
- Astrobiology Web
News and links to websites with information on life in extreme places, from early earth, to hydrothermal vents, to outer space.
- The Astronomical Almanac for the Year ...
Additional data in web format to supplement print version in Reference.
Part of the comPADRE digital resources for physics and astronomy, a collection of web information for college-level introductory astronomy faculty and students.
- An Atlas of the Universe
From 12.5 light years to 14 billion light years from the sun, nine main maps of the universe at that distance. Each map is approximately ten times the scale of the previous one.
- Constellations and Their Stars
IIntroduction to the constellations, including name origin, stars and Messier objects in the constellation, links to images and other websites, and other useful information.
- Encyclopedia Astronautica
Comprehensive site on the history of spaceflight. Current news and background information on space exploration. Text-heavy but useful.
- Eric Weisstein's World of Astronomy
An on-line encyclopedia with concise explanations of hundreds of topics in astronomy.
- Galileo Project
Hypertext links to biographical, historical and scientific information and documents about Galileo Galilei.
Hubble Telescope-generated pictures (in Gallery), history and news related to the telescope, Hubble discoveries explained, education, and astronomy exploration covered in this website from the Space Telescope Science Institute.
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
From the JPL at the California Institute of Technology, news and research on earth-study from space, the solar system, stars and galaxies and more.
- Meteor Showers
News and current information about meteor showers.
- NASA Homepage
Text, images and streaming videos on the history and current projects of NASA and information about the solar system and beyond.
- Nine (8) Planets: a Multimedia Tour of the Solar System
The history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system using text, images, and video with many links to websites for further information.
- Powers of Ten
View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth, then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude, finally going down microscopically to the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.
- Sky and Telescope
Includes guides to "how-to", weekly descriptions of the "This Week's Sky at a Glance," equipment test reports, and resources lists of including internet links, astronomy clubs, and special astronomy-related events.
Download and print a limited number of copies for personal or educational use of an excellent quality Evening Sky Map for the month; choose Northern, Equatorial or Southern Hemispheres.
- Views of the Solar System
Images, data tables, and text describe the planets, sun, and other objects in the solar system.
Looking for data for your astronomy project? Looking at the datasets available in published articles in Science Direct or Academic Search Complete, or even JSTOR can be a good place to start. Look at the Articles page for more information.
Books will also have valuable data and images available.
You can also try the following options:
- Data.Nasa.Gov is a directory of NASA databases, with descriptions of the types of data available. Search for the collection either by name ("Kepler," "Solar Data Analysis Center" or "National Space Science Data Center") or by topic (“solar data” or “exoplanet”) to discover what’s available.
- US Navy Astronomical Applications Department has records of sun and moon data, eclipses, celestial objects, and solar system bodies.
- The UK Solar System Data Centre supports data archives for the whole UK solar system community encompassing solar, inter-planetary, magnetospheric, ionospheric and geomagnetic science.
- The SIMBAD astronomical database provides basic data, cross-identifications, bibliography and measurements for astronomical objects outside the solar system.
- The Planetary Data System archives and distributes scientific data from NASA planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory measurements. Browse by planet, search by mission, or look by topic (such as "atmospheres").
- Skyview Virtual Observatory generates images of any part of the sky at wavelengths in all regimes from Radio to Gamma-Ray.
- The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System contains a wide range of published articles and abstracts. Search by topic and then click on an abstract that sounds promising. Once you've read through the abstract, look in the top left corner for "On-line Data" and click.
- NED is a database of extragalactic objects with bibliographic references and basic data.
- Hyperleda has data related to the physics and evolution of galaxies
- The National Space Science Data Center has solar system data (including numbers and images) as well as larger universe data.