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Physics: General Information

Classification and Shelflisting

The FVCC Library uses the Library of Congress Classification (LCC), a system that was first developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to organize and arrange the book collections of the Library of Congress. It is the most commonly used classification system in academic libraries throughout the United States.

Learn more about LCC at the following links:

https://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcc.html

https://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/

Developing a Research Question

  1. Select a topic that genuinely interests you. Look at course readings, class notes, Google, Wikipedia, for initial ideas. 
  2. Use these sources to build your knowledge of the topic, develop keywords, narrow your topic to what is manageable, and find out who or what organization are doing research on this topic.
  3.  Turn your narrowed topic into a research question. It should be a question that will have s concrete answer that you can support with evidence. 
  4. Make sure your question meets the following criteria:
    • The focus is can be covered in your project
    • There are enough reliable information resources to provide evidence to support your topic.
    • Your question interests you.


Call Numbers for Physics

  • QC1-75 Physics (General)
  • QC81-114 Weights and measures
  • QC120-168.85 Descriptive and experimental mechanics
  • QC170-197 Atomic physics. Constituents and properties of matter
  • QC221-246 Acoustics. Sound
  • QC251-338.5 Heat
  • QC350-467 Optics. Light
  • QC474-496.9 Radiation physics (General)
  • QC501-766 Electricity and Magnatism
  • QC770-798 Nuclear and particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity
  • QC801-809 Geophysics. Cosmic physics
  • QC811-849 Geomagnetism
  • QC851-999 Meteorology. Climatology