PHY 100: Introduction to Physics and Astronomy Course Guide
during the regular academic year. Reduced hours during breaks.
- Fogler Library usually changes something (services, resources,
locations) over breaks.
What's new at
- Largest library in the state--check the
floor plan to find specific
- Most library assignments involve many steps--selecting a topic, searching databases, finding
articles, printing or photocopying, reading, and writing. Don't wait until everybody else is trying
to do the same thing.
- No library session before the assignment? For a good starting point,
click the "Subjects" tab on the library
home page and then select a subject from the pull-down menu.
- Not sure which tool to use? Want some assistance? Contact a librarian (see above).
Pick the Right Tool for the Job
- Journal articles and "preprints" are the primary forms of
scientific communication. Use
databases to find citations or references to journal articles.
- For papers in introductory classes, try
Academic Search Complete or other
- For specialized databases relevant to your major, check the library
- Use the URSUS
catalog to find books and other items owned by URSUS libraries (University of Maine,
other University of Maine System campuses, Bangor Public Library, Maine
state libraries). Search by keywords to find items about your topic.
- Use URSUS to find reserve readings, either by
course name or
- Use subject
guides to find additional materials.
- Explore physics and astronomy organizations for a look at life beyond
the classroom--careers, news, etc.
ReSEARCH Your Topic
- Document your research process--list the databases you used, the search
terms you tried, etc.
- Try alternative terminology: "CP violation" as well as
- Try alternative spelling:
"anti matter" as well as
- Truncate (use a wildcard) to get variations on a word:
asymmetr* to find asymmetrical,
asymmetries, asymmetry, ... Don't drop too many
letters when you truncate.
- Combine terms
|Use AND for more specific results
antimatter and asymmetry
|Use OR to broaden a search with related terms
violation or asymmetry
- Try combining AND, OR, and truncation: (CP or
antimatter) and (violat* or asymmetr*)
- Find more references than you need.
- Use limits, such as English language or "scholarly" ("peer reviewed")
journals, to refine your results.
Evaluate Your Results BEFORE You Print or Copy
Printing and photocopying costs add up.
- No charge for scanning and/or saving files.
- Your MaineCard permits $16 worth of "free" printing ($0.04/side,
$0.07/double-sided page) each semester.
- Pay for excess printouts using Black Bear Bucks ("campus funds").
- Free printing funds don't carry over between semesters, but Black
- Photocopies cost $0.08/side (Black Bear Bucks).
Finding Materials in the Library...and Beyond
See Finding Items at Fogler
Library for details. Fogler Library is the largest library in the state, and
it can be a confusing place. Check the
floor plan to find specific library locations.
Not on the shelf? Not owned by the library? Give us 1-2 weeks lead time,
and we can find most items for you.
- Circulation staff can
a University of Maine book checked out by somebody else.
- Circulation staff can also search for books that are not on the shelf
but not checked out.
- Getting items
from other libraries: