Astronomy & Astrophysics

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About this Guide

A guide for astronomy and astrophysics research at UC Berkeley.

Astronomy & Astrophysics

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.

Encyclopedias & Atlases - key people, dates & events

  1. AccessScience - Encyc of Science & Technology, Yrbks of Science & Technology, Dict of Scientific & Technical Terms.  Updated daily.

  2. Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky/ Ronald Stoyan. English ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

  3. Digital Universe Atlas. Hayden Planetarium and NASA, joint project.

  4. Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics - updated frequently.

  5. Encyclopedia of Modern Optics - covers light, optics, lasers, optical fibers, LED's and more.

  6. Encyclopedia of Physical Science & Technology. Updated daily.

  7. Encyclopedia of Space and Astronomy / Joseph A. Angelo. New York, NY: Facts On File, 2006.

  8. Knovel Library - search full text books, databases, tables and more. frequently added. 

  9. Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Handbook, Epoch 2000.0 / Ridpath, Ian, Arthur P. Norton. 20th ed. New York: Pi Press, 2004. 

  10. The Observer's Sky Atlas: With 50 Star Charts Covering the Entire Sky / eBook / Erich Karkoschka. 3rd ed, New York: Springer, 2007.

  11. Oxford Reference Online: links to 9 astronomy dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Dictionaries - terms, dates, discoverers

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.

Histories & Surveys

  1. Astronomy and culture / Edith Hetherington and Norriss S. Hetherington, 2009.

  2. The Cambridge Concise History of Astronomy / Cambridge.

  3. A companion to astronomy and astrophysics [electronic resource] : chronology and glossary with data tables / Kenneth R. Lang

  4. Cosmic Discoveries: The Wonders of Astronomy / Levy. Amherst, N.Y.

  5. Cosmos: An Illustrated History of Astronomy and Cosmology / University of Chicago Press.

  6. Eyes on the Skies: 400 Years of Telescopic Discovery, 2009. QB88 S356 2009 PHYS

  7. The History of Astronomy / Couper, Henbest, and Clarke.

  8. Journal for the History of Astronomy. Chalfont St. Guiles, Buckinghamshire.
    QB15 .J68 PHYS

  9. Modern astronomy : expanding the universe / Lisa Yount. 2006

  10. Planetary Motions: A Historical Perspective / Hetheringtoin. 2006 PHYS

Find Astronomy Articles - Core Databases

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). ucelinks

Find Electronic Journals

Search for Astronomy electronic journals »

Search for Astrophysics electronic journals »

Find e-journals titles quickly by using our E-journals A-Z database. 

Search for journal title:

Off-campus Access to Library Resources

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):

Proxy Server
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.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
After you install and run the VPN "client" software on your computer, you can log in with a CalNet ID to establish a secure connection with the campus network.

More information: Connecting from Off Campus

Article databases

Finding Books and Ebooks

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).

Search the Catalogs

Ethnic NewsWatch (ENW)
Indexes over 200 ethnic, minority, and native press publications. Contains news, culture, and history searchable in both English and Spanish. Also includes a retrospective backfile of titles (1960-1989).

Books & eBooks

Here are some selected books for astronomy research.

Paths to dark energy : theory and observation
Call #: Physics-Astronomy QB791.3 .P38 2012
Read at Google Read at Google

Dark matter and dark energy : a challenge for modern cosmology
Call #: Physics-Astronomy QB791.3 .D369 2011
Read at Google Read at Google

Dark energy : theories, developments and implications Read at Google Read at Google

eBook Collections

  1. ASTM Digital Library. UCB only. Full-text e-access to ASTM Standards, Special Technical Pubs & manuals.

  2. Cambridge Books Online. UCB only.

  3. CRCnetBASE. UCB only. ~handbooks, scientific & technical resources, search keyword or browse by subject area, PHYSICS.

  4. eBrary. UCB only. Collection of ebooks - click science or physics & astronomy collections.
  5. IEEE ebooks. UCB only. Includes 400+ ebooks.

  6. Knovel Library. UCB only

  7. Oxford Scholarship Online. UCB only. selected physics & astronomy titles

  8. Royal Society of Chemistry eBook collection. UCB only

  9. ScienceDirect eBooks. UCB only. (Elsevier). Cick Physics and Astronomy. Use OskiCat or Melvyl to locate a print copy.

  10. SPIE Digital Library - proceedings, journals, and ebooks. The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)

  11. Springer ebooks. (SpringerLink) UCB only.
    Search SpringerLink for series titles .Lecture Notes in Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Topics in Current Chemistry, & Landolt-Bornstein.

  12. Wiley Online Library: use search or browse by subject, astronomy or physics.

Purchase Recommendation

You can suggest items that the Library should consider purchasing.
Use the Purchase Recommendation form to submit your suggestion.

Science Writing, selected titles

A Field Guide for Science Writers by Blum et al. T11 F52 2006 PHYS Scientific writing: thinking in words by Lindsay Am I making myself clear? a scientist's guide to talking to the public/ Cornelia Dean Scientific writing and communication: papers, proposals, and presentations by Hoffman. Q223 H63 2010 The manual of scientific style: a guide for authors, editors, & researchers by Rabinowitz & Vogel. T11 .M3385 2009 PHYS 

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 Culture
s / 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

Presentations - Posters & Data

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.

Cite Your Sources & Manage Your Documents (pdfs)

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.

(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.

(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.

: 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. 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.

(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.

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

Copyright, Open Access - Funding sources

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

Data Management Basics

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., 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.

Data Repositories and more

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]

USEFUL sites
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.

Data Management

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

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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