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Physics: Books & eBooks

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Sample Searches

Sample Searches:

"regenerative energy" AND brakes

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with all the concepts.  Searching for regenerative energy AND brakes will only include books that have both regenerative energy and brakes in their contents.


("general relativity" OR "special relativity") AND spacetime

Use OR between similar concepts.  Searching for ("general relativity" OR "special relativity") AND spacetime will find books that refer to general relativity and spacetime, as well as general relativity and spacetime.


"Second Law of Thermodynamics"

Use quotation marks ( " " ) around specific phrases such as "Second Law of Thermodynamics" to find the words in that specific order.



Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple versions of one word.  Using accelerat* as a search term will include results that refer to accelerate, accelerator or accelerating.


When You Find a Book in the Library Catalog...

...Write down the book's Call Number. The call number is basically the book's address, and is what you will use to find the book on the shelf.

Learn More About Call Numbers and Finding Books

(eBooks do not have call numbers. You will view them online.)


eBook/eReader icon

Here are a few places you can find eBooks, just remember that you will have to login with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).  More information on downloading eBooks.

Textbooks on Reserve

Did you know that you can find some of your textbooks at the library? Stop by the desk and see if your professor provided a copy for you to use.