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Relevant Library of Congress Call Numbers

Relevant Library of Congress Call Numbers

This is only a partial list of the call numbers pertaining to Physics. For a complete listing, go to the Library of Congress Classification Outline, provided by the Cataloging Policy and Support Office of the Library of Congress.

  • QB1 - QB145 Astronomy
  • QC 6 General Relativity
  • QC 20 Mathematical Physics
  • QC 73 Conservation Laws (Physics)
  • QC 122 - QC 168 Mechanics
  • QC 122 - QC 168 Motion
  • QC 141 - QC 168 Fluids
  • QC 171 - QC 197 Matter
  • QC 173 - QC 175 Field Theory (Physics)
  • QC 174 Quantum Theory
  • QC 178 Gravitation
  • QC 350 - QC 495 Light
  • QC 350 - QC 467 Optics
  • QC 501 - QC 721 Electricity
  • QC 721 Electrons
  • QC 751 - QC 771 Magnetism
  • QC 801 - QC 808 Cosmic Physics
  • QC 806 Geophysics
  • QC 851 - QC 999 Meteorology
  • QC 883 Cosmic Physics- Meteorology
  • TC 160 - TC 179 Hydraulics

Sometimes, it can be very helpful to simply head down to the stacks (Physics books are on the 3rd floor) and browse the shelves where books on your topic are. 

Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings are the words and phrases that you will use to do a subject search in Catalyst (as opposed to a word search, where you may use any words you like). Although Physics is a Library of Congress Subject Heading, you will probably get better results if you are more specific. If you are interested in thermodynamics for instance, use the subject heading Thermodynamics, Be careful in your word choices--some words and phrases that may seem very natural to you will not be Library of Congress Subject Headings.

It is often helpful to do a keyword search on your topic, and, once you find an appropriate source, examine the subject headings. You may then conduct a subject search by clicking on the linked subject heading in Catalyst. If you cannot find a source using a keyword search, ask a librarian for help.