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* Optics

Resources for optics research including biomedical, imaging, nanooptics & photonics, quantum optics & photonics, nonlinear & freeform optics, optoelectronics & lasers, ultrafast & high-field sciences, engineering, design & testing, and vision & opthalmics

Online research resources particularly useful during the COVID-19 pandemic


All of our e-books can also be discovered through the search box on the library’s homepage ( Simply search for a topic or title and then click the “Click to access resource” option on the left-side of your search results...or, here is a blank search you can use to quickly find titles amongst the 1 million+ e-books in our catalog: Your results can be filtered using the facets listed at the left by date, subject terms, discipline, etc. 


Library resources beyond UR

WorldCat is the worldwide catalog of library resources that you can request and have sent via interlibrary loan to any River Campus library. If another New York, national or international library has an item you'd like to borrow that UR libraries don't own, WorldCat is the best way to find such an item and request it via interlibrary loan. In order to use WorldCat, you'll need an ILLIAD account, which you can setup online here by logging in with your NetID:


Other useful resources to support online education

  • JoVE (The Journal of Visualized Education): JoVE publishes peer-reviewed scientific video protocols to accelerate biological, medical, chemical and physical research. As many colleges and universities are making the difficult decision to move to remote teaching and learning models, You can access River Campus Library's subscribed JoVE content by signing in using your institutional email on their sign in page link. 


Not sure where to get started?

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

The River Campus Libraries' Articles, Books & More 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 & More 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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