Dear Physics V,

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 28th, 2014

Great to see you today!


As you remember, this is your research guide describing and discussing the library’s eCollections of scholarly physics sources.  All of the eCollections contain limiters so one can easily extract the most contemporary physics research.


Any research questions?  Please be in touch!  🙂  Ms. Sanborn

Hello Physics V,

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 21st, 2014

Lovely to see you over in Lindsay today!  As you recall, a great place to locate anchoring background information is the Gale Virtual Reference Collection.  From here, and to meet the scholarly journal component of the assignment, recommended are both Ebsco’s – Academic Search and the Proquest digital periodical collection.  Consider using the limiters we discussed in class to retrieve articles: with specific subjects, that are peer-reviewed, are available full-text and/or fall within the 2010-2014 date range.


As always, if you have any research question(s) {or feedback}, please be in touch!

Ms. Sanborn

New Research Guide: Physics First – Space Sustainability

By - Research & Instruction Librarian March 28th, 2013

Now on the Ohrstrom Library site is a new research guide in support of the Physics Firsts students investigating the sustainability of humans living in space.

Spotlight on: The  4-volume Reference set,  2012 ed. of Space Sciences living within the Library’s digital reference collection.

Research guides gather together the most pertinent library resources for a specific project, from the larger (and ever-expanding) universe of Library sources/collections.

Please feel free to contact Ms. Sanborn (lsanborn at sps dot edu) for a research consultation and/or to discuss any of the items in this guide.


The Physics of . . .

By - Systems Librarian February 19th, 2009

Lisa Laughy – Archives Assistant

. . . just about everything!

A new book display in the Baker Reading Room brings together over a dozen books from the Ohrstrom Library collection that share a common thread: They all have “The Physics of” as part of their titles.  Beyond that connection it is a very diverse selection, covering topics that range from sports, music and sailing, to NASCAR, Star Trek, Superheros, and even James Bond movies.

Did you know that:

  • A baseball compresses from a round shape to an elliptical one when the bat-ball impact approaches 140 MPH?
  • When a hockey puck is tilted at a positive angle relative to the ice there is a lift force directed upward?
  • The idea behind the deflector shield on the Enterprise originated with the concept of a coherent gravitational field that creates a curvature of space?
  • Spiderman swinging on his web from building to building is a good illustration for the principle of conservation of energy?
  • Having the ideal tire slip angle on a NASCAR race car can mean the difference between spinning off the race track or speeding across the finish line?
  • The first watch camera was made in 1886, but James Bond’s ring camera worn in the film A View to a Kill is too small to actually function?

Come check out one of these interesting titles and find out some of the different ways that physics functions in your day-to-day world.