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OPT248/448 - Vision and the Eye - Prof. Sarah Walters (also BCS223, TEO448)

Finding print and electronic books, journal articles, and other informational resources

Besides the UR online library catalog's default Articles, Books & More Search, there are several other ways to refine your search for print and electronic resources that are available to you in our collections. Simply search the library catalog by going to the main library webpage ( and in the main search box, mouse over the dropdown menu (the default view where it says Articles, Books & More, with a down arrow to the right) and you can select several library resource types to search for:

  • Articles, Boooks & More is our broadest search, and will search the online library catalog for books, ebooks, journal and magazine articles, and many other types of resources
  • Library Catalog searches for the same broad categories of library resources, but only those found at UR libraries
  • Journals is used to search by academic journal title only, for when you know the title of a specific journal you want to search in
  • Databases searches for database titles, if you know the name of a specific database you want to search within
  • Videos & More limits your search to multimedia items like DVDs, CDs, other music formats, and streaming video/audio resources
  • Library Website searches within the pages of the UR library website if you are seeking information about a specific service or department

For optics print and e-resources, the most relevant call number ranger fall within the range of 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 normally accessible through the Q&i desk, but due to COVID-19 restrictions print reserves books are not able to be circulated in person this semester. 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, particularly as it has developed at the University of Rochester.

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.

In addition, the Edward G. Miner Library at URMC has a separate online library catalog, resources and databases that are more relevant to health and medical research. The main Miner online catalog can be accessed at

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. 


Key databases that are particularly relevant & useful for research in Optics, VIsion Sciences, Opthalmology & related flelds

Useful resources for our post-library session

Common Optics References