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* Optics

This guide contains general resources for optics research.

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Most important tip: I'm always available to help you locate the information you need! You can chat, email, call, or tweet with me using the tools in the left sidebar.

The River Campus Libraries' Articles & Books Search is an ideal place to start if you're not sure where to begin your searching. (Also, if you have the title of a specific article, you can usually type that in to get a link directly to the article if we have electronic access.)

(For more tips on Articles & Books, see our guide.)

The rest of this guide contains more specific resources for finding scholarly articles, print and electronic books, and a list of common references for optics research. 

If there's anything you don't see here that you've found helpful, let me know using my contact info in the left column! I'm always looking for ways to make this guide more helpful and comprehensive.

Finding scholarly articles

If you have a citation for a specific article that we have online, I recommend using the Libraries' eJournal Finder to navigate through the journal, volume, issue, and article:


To search more broadly for scholarly literature and patents:

Finding print and electronic books

Besides the Articles & Books Search, the UR Catalog provides another view into the print and electronic resources available to you. Try them both!

The most relevant call number ranges for optics print materials fall in QC350 - 467 (Science: Physics: Optics. Light) and TA1501-1820 (Technology: Engineering (General). Civil Engineering: Applied Optics. Photonics).

The Physics-Optics-Astronomy (POA) Library, located in Bausch and Lomb Hall 374, houses print books in optics that are shelved in the general stacks and on the course reserve shelves, the latter accessible through the Q&i desk. In addition, POA houses the History of Optics collection, which contains over three hundred items that are of historical value or seminal significance in the development of the optics field.

The Carlson Science and Engineering Library and Rush Rhees Library also house print books and other relevant materials on optics. Furthermore, Carlson and POA Libraries regularly produce exhibits and displays that focus on optics and related topics.

Common Optics References

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Citation Management Tools

To keep up with references and appropriately cite them in papers and bibliographies, consider one of these tools. Each will copy article, book and other citations from databases into a single location that you can manage. Style options include CSE, APA, MLA, Chicago and many others.

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