Reference Resources

Use these encyclopedias, dictionaries and almanacs for background information about astronomy, definitions or general information.

  • The Astronomical almanac Ref QB8.U6 A77
    Published yearly, the almanac contains precise positions (ephemerides) of most solar system objects, data for eclipses and other astronomical phenomena, and catalogs of selected celestial objects.
  • The Astronomy and astrophysics encyclopedia Ref QB 14 .A873 1992
    Articles that include coverage of basic theory, the state of current research, and bibliographies of other sources.
  • Cambridge guide to the constellations Ref QB 802 .B35 1995
    Maps of constellations and charts of corresponding data.
  • Cambridge star atlas 2000.0 Ref QB65 .W5 1991
    Detailed look at the sun, solar system, stars and galaxy, and the extragalactic universe. Additional sections study cosmology, the extraterrestrial life debate and astronomical observations. Includes photos, sky maps, charts, tables and an index.
  • Encyclopedia of astronomy and astrophysics Ref QB 14 .E534 2001x
    A four-volume encyclopedia with over 2000 articles consisting of definitions, biographies of key astronomers and astrophysicists, as well as descriptions and contact information for astronomical observatories and institutes. Includes a 20,000 term index.

Locating Books

Books can be found through MaagNet, the Maag Library online catalog or through the OhioLINK Catalog. Use MaagNet to locate items available through Maag Library. Use the OhioLINK catalog to locate items available through other OhioLINK institutions. These items can be requested and delivered to Maag Library for pickup.

Not sure of a topic? Here are a few Library of Congress Subject Headings that can get you started:

  • Astrogeology
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Galaxies
  • Space Sciences
  • Stars
  • Statistical Astronomy

For more help locating resources, see our general help section onFinding Books.

Browsing for books

Astronomy resources are located throughout the library: items in the Reference Room, Serials and in the circulating collection are all arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification System. Once you locate a book or journal that is useful in one of these areas, you can locate information on the same or similar topics by locating the same call number in the other areas of the library. See Call Numbers and Floor Plans for assistance. Some of the call numbers where you will find Astronomy information are:

  • QB 1-QB 981 --Astronomy
  • QB 140-QB 237--Practical and Spherical Astronomy
  • QB 349- QB421--Theoretical Astronomy and Celestial Mechanics
  • QB 460-QB466--Astrophysics
Locating Articles

Astronomy articles are available in print and electronic sources. The information below will help you decide where to begin searching for articles.

  • General Science Index
    An index to the core journal article resources in the sciences, including astronomy.
    In-library use only
Online Articles

Many astronomy journals are now available through online subscription databases and through the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center. Various terms can be used to search these databases, including subject, keywords and relevant dates. Most databases allow access by current YSU faculty, students and staff from off campus, although a few are restricted to in-library use only. For more information about connecting from home, see off-campus access.

  • Applied Science and Technology Abstracts
    Index to journal articles in science and technology, including astronomy and aeronautics. Includes or has links to full text.
  • Compendex
    Ei Compendex is a comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database, the electronic equivalent of the print Engineering Index. Strives to cover the entire engineering discipline, with articles from over 175 areas, including aerospace engineering. Includes or has links to full text.
    Supplies full text articles from the very first volume to the last 3-5 years for approximately 240 titles in the Arts & Sciences.
  • Science Citation Index Expanded    OFF CAMPUS LINK
    Current information as well as backfiles to 1900 are found in full text on the Web of Science. ISI Citation Databases include bibliographic information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals. It is indexed so that you can search for specific articles by subject, author, journal, and/or author address. Additionally, it is possible to search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work.

These databases provide a starting point for your research. To see other available databases, visit the Research Databases page.

Web Resources

The links below provide access to astronomy resources on the Internet.