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Physics & Astronomy Guide

Shippensburg University Library resources for physicists and astronomers


photo of electrical forces
photo of a galaxy
photo of the CERN Large Hadron Collider
photo of a Newtonian cradle
photo of a Mars rover

Links of Interest


Best Bets

Specialized Resources

Computing-Based Resources


Library Catalog

Search the Ship Library Catalog for books and videos:

Shippensburg eBook Collections

Requesting Books and Other Items

When we don't have the item you need, it is usually easiest to place an ILL request directly from a search result in a database. WorldCat searches across library collections worldwide and links to ILLiad for items not owned by Lehman Library.

  1. Search WorldCat Quick Start to locate an item you want
    • Remember to check the type of item. For example, if you want books:
      • The left column offers a limit by format function, just click "Books"
    • Click the title of the item you want
      • If the pages says "This item isn't held in your library"
    • Click "Request this item via Interlibrary Loan."
      *Remember* if there are only a few copies of a book listed in WorldCat, we will probably be unable to borrow that book for you.
  2. For books, videos and other items not available using the services listed above, please request directly through ILLiad.
  3. WorldCat should match up with the Library Catalog. If you are interested, doublecheck the Library Catalog to confirm whether or not Ship Library owns a physical copy of an item.

ILLiad sequentially asks up to 15 libraries that own the item to loan it to us for you.  Each library has four days to respond before the request is transferred to the next library. 

Other Resources

Find Background Information

Often, a deeper understandig of a topic can measurably improve an assignment. Take some time to gather some background information and work your new knowledge into your assignment.

Web Resources


APA Style (American Psychological Association)

Quick Guides
Detailed Help
Manual / APA Website
Tutorials, Sample Papers

CSE Style (Council of Scientific Editors)

Quick Guides
Detailed Help

MLA Style (Modern Language Association)

Quick Guides
Detailed Help
Manual / MLA Website
Additional Sites
Sample Papers

Scientific Writing

Outline of the structure of a scientific paper
Chart of tips for selecting a title
Image of tips for writing an abstract
Image of tips for writing an introduction
Image of tips for writing a methods section
Image of tips for writing a results section
Image of tips for writing a discussion section