The UCR Library collects resources in physics and astronomy and the related disciplines of biophysics, astrophysics, and environmental physics supporting both coursework and research conducted by our students and faculty. We offer subject-specific and general research educational services at the library and provide access to information from the UC Libraries System and beyond.

Conducting Research

Books & Articles

Books are useful for getting a broad introduction or background information for topics in physics and astronomy. Search by topic keywords in the UCR catalog or the Melvyl (UC) catalog

Scholarly articles are carefully evaluated (peer-reviewed) by subject experts to provide reliable and credible information. Locate physics and astronomy articles by searching in the physical science databases. The most popular databases are listed on this page.


Most physics journals are purchased for the entire UC Libraries system and can be browsed in the UC Journal Finder. Use the UCR catalog to find journals on campus.

Specialized Resources

Associations and Institutes

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