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Physics & Astronomy Research Guide

Books & Library Catalogs

The Library Catalog lists all of the books videos and CDs at the Cal Poly Humboldt University Library.  

A keyword search is usually the best way to begin.  When you find items of interest, check the catalog records for subject headings or other terms to modify your search.

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Call Numbers: Library of Congress Classification

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Call Numbers for Physics & Astronomy Books

Our Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System to assign call numbers. In this system, the first two or three lines of a call number identify the subject of a book or other item.  The main call number used for Astronomy is QB and for Physics is QC.

QB Astronomy
QB 1 -139      General
QB 140-237   Practical and spherical astronomy
QB 275-343   Geodesy
QB 349-421   Theoretical astronomy and celestial mechanics
QB 455-456   Astrogeology
QB 468-480   Non-optical methods of astronomy
QB 495-903   Descriptive astronomy
QB 980-991   Cosmogony. Cosmology 
QC Physics
QC 1-75         General
QC 81-114    Weights and measures
QC 120-168  Descriptive and experimental mechanics
QC 170-197  Atomic physics. Constitution and properties of matter
QC 221-246  Acoustics. Sound
QC 251-338  Heat
QC 350-467  Optics. Light
QC 474-496  Radiation physics
QC 501-766  Electricity and magnetism
QC 770-798  Nuclear and particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity
QC 801-809  Geophysics. Cosmic physics
QC 811-849  Geomagnetism
QC 851-999  Meterology. Climatology


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How To Videos

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