Researching planets, stars, comets, galaxies, black holes, or exoplanets? Use the resources in the Physics-Astronomy Library collections which cover astronomy, physics,astrophysics,cosmology; atomic,molecular and optical physics; condensed matter; experimental particle physics; theoretical high energy physics, nonlinear dynamics; galaxies, planets,mathematical, chemical and biophysics.
Current UCB faculty, students, staff and patrons in the library have access to licensed resources & material such as journals (print & electronic),books (print & electronic), databases, indexes, data and citation management software. The Library collects videos and DVDs of colloquia and visiting lecturers, some are online.
Contact me if you have difficulty finding or accessing library resources.
Use the Recommend a title form for purchase recommendations.
Visit the Physics-Astronomy Library web site for more resources.
Cambridge Illustrated Dictionary of Astronomy / Jacquiline Mitton. Cambridge, 2007.
A Dictionary of Astronomy / Ridpath, 2nd ed. Oxford, 2012
Dictionary Minor Planet Names / Schmadel. Springer, 2012.
The Facts on File Dictionary of Astronomy / Daintith. 5th ed. 2006.
The following databases include pre-prints, articles, conference papers, technical data and reports. Click on the UC-eLinks button to access the full text of the article (if Berkeley has a subscription).
Before you can access UCB Library resources from off campus, via your laptop or other mobile devices, you need to configure your computer using one of two methods (Proxy Server is the quickest and easiest):
After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID when you click on the link to a licensed resource. See the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages to configure your browser. Make sure you check the proxy configuration before you start researching.
More information: Connecting from Off Campus
Use OskiCat to search the UC Berkeley Libraries for materials related to your topic, including books, e-books, government publications, and audio and video recordings. OskiCat will show you the location and availability of the items that we own.
Use Melvyl to locate materials related to your topic located at other campuses in the UC system. Melvyl also allows you to expand your search to libraries worldwide. After you conduct a search, check the Books option under Formats in the left column to limit your results to books.
Find a book owned by another UC campus? Clicking on the Request button in the detailed view of the Melvyl record will allow you to request the item through our Interlibrary Lending Services (if we do not own it).
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Here are some selected books for astronomy research.
You can suggest items that the Library should consider purchasing.
Use the Purchase Recommendation form to submit your suggestion.
A Field Guide for Science Writers / eBook: by Blum, Henig Robin, 2006
A Scientific Approach to Scientific Writing / eBook. Blackwell & Martin, 2011.
Am I making myself clear? a scientist's guide to talking to the public / & ebook Cornelia Dean.
Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words / Lindsay, 2011.
Scientific Style and Format, The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers. 7th ed. Council of Science Editors.
The Manual of Scientific Style: A Guide for Authors, Editors, and Researchers / eBook / Rabinowitz and Vogel, 2009.
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing /Dawkins, 2008.
Who Owns This Text?: Plagiarism, Authorship, and Disciplinary Cultures / Haviland. Mullin, 2009.
Critical evaluation of resources – a guide to assessing resources for academic suitability.
Writing for science and engineering: papers, presentations and reports / Heather Silyn-Roberts. 2013
Use this brief list to get started, go to Poster Presentations for more design and layout information.
1. PURPOSE of a poster = rapid, concise & visual communication of research.
2. PREPARE CONTENT = follow a template.
3. DESIGN your poster = choose a layout.
4. CONSTRUCT your poster = print it
5. PRESENT your poster = be clear, friendly, confident of your results.
Programs such as: Endnote, Refworks, Zotero, allow you to download, collect, share & manage references, PDFs, data, and documents. Some work with word processing to format citations and footnotes in papers and create bibliographies in a variety of styles.
EndNote (Mac, PC, web-based) is a program that you install on your computer & use on the web. EndNote works with word software to format citations, and create bibliographies in many styles. It can be purchased from The Scholar's Workstation or online. &
tips to enter your citations per index
[Endnote X7 Exercises]
RefWorks(Online) is a web-based bibliographic management service licensed by the library for UCB faculty, staff and students. RefWorks can be used independently or as a complement to EndNote. To use, create an account using the RefWorks New User form.
Zotero (Firefox) is a free Firefox extension that manages citations found online through your browser. Zotero can capture, store citations, pdfs, images and databases. Zotero can create bibliographies in Word and OpenOffice in a limited number of styles.
TeX: is a typesetting language used for scientific document preparation. LaTeX is a program that converts a plain text file into TeX. BibTeX is a tool that can be used with LaTeX to create documents and bibliographies. http://www.latex-project.org. Tools are free to download. The TeX Users Group (TUG) includes an FAQ, links to software. Endnote has a BibTeX output style that will format your citations into TeX.
Papers (Mac) is low-cost software that allows you to search, retrieve, organize, and annotate article PDFs. You can also easily export references into citation management tools like EndNote so that you can use their citation and bibliography formatting features.
Mendeley is a free web-based reference manager & can be used as a social network to organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover current developments.
Software for Science Reference Management: a web-list of many bibliographic management programs for the PC or Mac, some are free.
Use the following charts for other programs and more information:
Citation manager comparison chart
Document manager comparison chart
• BRII. Berkeley Research Impact Initiative, funding for authors publishing in open access journals
• Copyright Resources & Regulations at UC Berkeley
• Copyright in Teaching, Research and Publishing. UC Berkeley Library
• OASIS. Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook
• UC Berkeley Library, Scholarly Communication. covers issues & new models.
• UC University of California Copyright information and links.
• California Digital Library, Data Management Guide; guidelines & tools to manage & preserve data
NSF Data Management Plan Requirements: Proposals submitted or due on or after January 18, 2011, must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”.
Collaboration, accessibility and transparency are necessary for data management in modern science. Science.gov, NSF, NIH and other federal agencies mandate data plans with grant proposals.
Start with this list:
---- Make a plan to store your data
---- Find the right medium to store your data
---- Develop a system to organize your data
---- Make sure that your data has easy access
---- Make sure that your data is safe and secure.
Integrative Biology and the Environment - Data Repositories - selected of websites.
To find additional data repositories:
Open Access Directory of Data Repositories [Simmons University]
DataBib [Institute of Museum and Library Services]
• Data Conservancy Organization - (NSF) collect, organize, & preserve data.
• Many Eyes: data visualization tools from IBM.
• Data Management & Publishing Checklist, MIT
• NSF Division of Institution & Award Support
US Naval Observatory (USNO) - Oceanography Portal: includes a range of astronomical data and products, & serves as the official source of time for the U.S. Department of Defense & a standard of time for the entire United States.
Use the following links for UC Berkeley, University of California, links to federal sites, copyright and more.
University of California Resources
1. UC3, University of California Curation Center - UC/California Digital Library
2. EZID: create a persistant DOI or ARK. ~long term, unique identifiers. (UC/CDL).
Berkeley researchers can request a free account by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. DMPTool: Manage Your Data - develop a Data Management Plan, see Funder Requirements (CDL)
4. Scientific Data Services -- Science Libraries @ UC Berkeley - guide to our services.
5. UC Berkeley Data Services Management, IST. See comparative table.
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