Category Archives: Astronomy

Astronomy: Top Databases

These are the top Astronomy-specific databases that we recommend looking in for articles. If you’re not entirely sure yet what you need, try checking out the list of “General” databases; they’re often the best place to start. Also, try clicking “Physical Sciences” in the drop-down menu.

Keep going to the bottom of this list to see the rest of our Astronomy databases, as well as a list at the very end of other online and book sources you may find useful.
Provided by the Cornell University Library; open access to over 678,000 e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.

NASA Astrophysics Data System
“A NASA-funded project which maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 5.9 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints.”

Applied Science Full-Text

Applied Science Full Text
Full-text articles in many science subjects, including applied mathematics, artificial intelligence, chemical engineering, communication & information technology, construction, energy resources & research, geology, machinery, metallurgy, neural networks, oceanography, physics, plastics, space science, transportation–and lots more.

Astronomy: More Resources

Online Journals

Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Full-text articles from 1996 to the present

Online Resources

Academic Info: Astronomy

American Institute of Physics Style Manual


Google: Scholar

NinePlanets multimedia tour of the solar system
One star, eight planets, and more

Parallax Project
A digital version of Publications of the Allegheny Observatory of the University of Pittsburgh.

Physical Reference Data
From the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Planetary Data System
This site is “an archive of data products from NASA planetary missions, which is sponsored by the NASA Office of Space Science. We actively manage the archive to maximize its usefulness, and it has become a basic resource for scientists around the world. All PDS-produced products are peer-reviewed, well-documented, and easily accessible via a system of online catalogs that are organized by planetary disciplines.”

Sky and Telescope Astronomy Portal Skywatching

Space Telescope Science Institute

YAHOO: Astronomy

In the Library

Alpha & Omega: The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe
Viking / QB981 .S446 2003

The Atlas of the Universe
Rand McNally / QB44 .M5425

The Astronomical Scrapbook: Skywatchers, Pioneers, and Seekers in Astronomy
Cambridge University Press / QB51 .A77 1984

Cambridge Astronomy Dictionary
Cambridge University Press / Ref QB14 .C34 1996

The Cambridge Star Atlas
Cambridge University Press / Ref QB65 .T56 1996

Encyclopedia of Time
Garland / Ref QB209 .E52 1994

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics
Macmillan Reference / Ref QC5 .M15 1996 (4 volumes)

On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy
Running Press / QC6.2 .O5 2002