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WELCOME

Welcome to the Physics & Astronomy Subject Guide.  In the pages of this guide find information about and links to important resources in Physics. 

Use the tabs across the top to navigate your way through this guide.

If you need help:

  • check out the tutorials.
  • ask for help at the Information Desk.
  • contact me to ask a question or to book a research appointment. 

Getting Started

Before you start searching, you should know what you want to find. The type of information you want determines where you look:

  • find books using the Library Catalogue
  • find articles using indexes.  Find a list of indexes for physics and astronomy by clicking on the Find Articles tab above.

The keywords you select will affect what you find. Plan where you want to search and what terms you will search for. The plan may change as you find results and learn from them.

Course textbooks and Reserve readings are often a great place to start. They provide background reading and often include a bibliography. Check to see what's already available for your course. The list of reference books under "Find Books" may also offer helpful background reading and bibliographies.

Where you look for information in Physics and Astronomy depends on what you hope to find. There is no ONE PLACE to search for everything. Information is sometimes "owned" by an organization and you'll need to search a specific database to find it.

We have a set of  online tutorials that will get you started with your research: Library Catalogue, Keyword Searching Techniques, and Finding Articles. You should read (or watch) these tutorials before trying to do your research - it will save you time and frustration.

‘Grape Balls of Fire’: International Attention for Research by Trent Prof and Undergrad Students

From Trent News February, 27, 2019 - "Dr. Aaron Slepkov worked with seven undergrads to answer the question of why microwaved grapes become a fireball light show. Undergraduate students played a key role in a Trent professor’s recently published Grape Balls of Fire research, which is getting serious attention across the globe.Working together, the team has answered the question of why microwaved grapes become a fireball, producing light and sparks. The research, recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that the lightshow is actually plasma made up of ions and free electrons that aren’t tied to atoms or molecules." Read the full Trent News article here: https://www.trentu.ca/news/story/23747

Read the article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science:

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

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