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Funmike Ifie

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Academic Librarian

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Why use this guide?

The aim of this guide is to help you identify, within the library collection, the key resources for Physics.

Physicists need to work with quality and validated information materials. To this end, the Library provides access to subject specific research tools.

To help you easily identify these resources, use the tab above. Please remember to download the VPN from IT Services to gain seamless off-campus access to ebooks, e-journals, databases, e-mail and print credits etc.

If this guide does not provide you with the information that you need then please contact Funmike Ifie, your Academic Librarian.

The library stocks books in both print and electronic format which you can find on Library catalogue plus.  Electronic books or ebooks can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus.  Just remember to download the VPN for off campus access. 

Shelfmark and locations

Using the Dewey Decimal Classification System, library books are arranged by putting similar subjects together; for instance, books on Physics are in the 530's, Heat 536's and Nuclear Physics 539's. Printed books on the same subject are given the same shelfmark number which is located on the foot of the spine of each book.

A shelfmark is the address of a book. It denotes where a book is located on the shelf. Shelfmarks are characterised by a least 3 numbers folowed by the first 3 letters of the author's surname or book title. Most of the Physics books are located on level 1 of the Library.

To access electronic books from Library Catalogue Plus, you may need your Athens username and password.  

Finding Journals & Articles

The Library stocks some print journals but most print journals are available online as electronic journals or ejournals. You can access electronic journals via the Articles Plus tab of Library Catalogue Plus. You may need your Athens username and password.

Key Physics journals

Other resources you might find useful

Reference sources 


Key physics resources


Multidisciplinary databases


Tip: Some of the abstract only databases will provide SFX links .  When you see the SFX symbol  click on it and then select the   icon to access the full text where available.

E-journals can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus.  Just remember to download the VPN for off campus access.

Referencing & Citation

When you refer to another person’s work in your own essay, report or presentation etc, you will need to reference that work to avoid plagiarising it.  This allows the person reading your work to differentiate between your ideas and those of another person.  

Two excellent guides to referencing can be located in the library;

These books include examples of different referencing styles and give examples of how to reference various sources such as webpages, e-books, blogs and wiki’s etc. 

Reference management software

Reference management software can help you to keep track of all the references you have used in your reports, essays or final project. The library provides guidance on Mendeley  There are quick start up guides on Learn.

Please click on the links below for further information