Gould Library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.
This is an Institute of Physics community website focusing on lasers, optics and photonics. Free and quick registration is required for access to all the content, which includes research and industry news.
Modules written by experts in the photonics field with the support of the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) and Scientific and Technological Education in Optics and Photonics (STEP).
The international society for optics and photonics
Googling for Optics
There is a lot of good information out on the web, the trick is to find it amongst everything else out there.
Depending on your topic, choosing the right keywords can be extremely important to making sure you get relevant results:
Think about the terms that authors might use in writing about your topic.
Pay attention to the results you're getting and think about what terms seem to be working, and which ones aren't
Use those in future searches on Google and in other places.
Narrowing your search
You can narrow your search to only results from a specific domain or type of domain by adding the search operator "site:" to your search.
"site:.edu" narrows to websites from US educational institutions.
"site:.ac.uk" will narrow to UK educational institutions.
"site:.gov" will narrow to US government sites.
On the search results page, you can narrow your search to particular types of sources and to sites published during a certain time. You can also choose to search on your exact words instead of the Google's default of searching for similar words.
Using what you find:
Use existing webpages, articles, and books about the topic to find related words and concepts
Found articles but can't get to the full text? Head over to the Articles tab!