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Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Physics for the Nonscientist: Home

Resources for nonscience majors taking a course in physics, astronomy, and/or geology.

COVID-19 Updates

Due to COVID-19, library services have been altered to facilitate social distancing. Right now (March 16, 2020), all physical library locations are closed until at least March 31, 2020. Remote assistance and digital support services remain available. For up-to-date information, please visit the Library's statement on COVID-19.

This guide contains important information about connecting to a variety of library resources. In addition to the content on the guide, let me stress:

  • QuickSearch Books+ has faceted searching. If you are only looking for online content, after searching, please select "Online" under format.
  • Library staff are still here to support you in your teaching, learning, and research. Please contact me using the information on my profile (below). You may email or schedule a Zoom appointment.

Remember, use the VPN to connect to library resources from off-campus (and, if you experience any issues, clear the cookies specific to the web site you are trying to access and refresh). We have a purchase request form if you need something that is not currently available.


This guide provides resources for undergraduate nonscientists and people who teach undergraduate nonscientists, based on questions from undergraduate students, TAs, and other people who need to use library resources.

In this guide, you will find:

  • Contemporary and historical information resources suitable for those writing non-quantitative physical sciences papers.
  • Detailed guidance on how to access Scientific American.
  • Research tips to get started with some of our resources.
  • My email and other contact information — just in case you need more guidance.

An Introduction



Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Ames. Retrieved from the Wikimedia Commons.

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Science Research Support Librarian

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Kayleigh Bohemier
During COVID-19 (and until at least March 31, 2020), library services have moved to online-only.

Please email me or use the Schedule Appointment button. Appointments will happen using Zoom or other videoconferencing software. Zoom has a phone option for those who need to call in.


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