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Physics: Find Books

Featuring Okanagan College Library resources for physics

Call Numbers

If you're not sure exactly what you're looking for, you may find it useful to browse the Library shelves at the following call number locations:

QC 1-QC 75 Physics. General

QC 81-QC 114 Weights and measures

QC 120-QC 168.85 Descriptive and experimental mechanics

QC 170-QC 197 Atomic physics. Constitution and properties of matter Including molecular physics, relativity, quantum theory, and solid state physics

QC 221-QC 246 Acoustics. Sound

QC 251-QC 338.5 Heat

QC 310.15-QC 319 Thermodynamics

QC 350-QC 467 Optics. Light

QC 450-QC 467 Spectroscopy

QC 474-QC 496.9 Radiation physics (General)

QC 501-QC 766 Electricity and magnetism

QC 770-QC 798 Nuclear and particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity

QC 801-QC 809 Geophysics. Cosmic physics

QC 811-QC 849 Geomagnetism


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The Okanagan College Library Catalogue lists books, ebooks, DVDs, streaming videos, and CDs that are in the Library collection. You can also search to see if the Library subscribes to a specific print or electronic journal by entering the title of the journal. However, you cannot use the catalogue to search for articles within the journals.

Click here for a brief tutorial on searching the catalogue and requesting items in the catalogue

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Locating Books

After you have found a book in the catalogue or OCtopus, you need the following information to locate it:

Campus: If a book is not at your campus, you can request the book

Location: Where the book is found in the library (circulating, reference, on reserve)

Call Number: The call number on the spine is used to find the book on the shelf

Status: Available or checked out (you can request a hold for a checked out book)


Search Terms

Some examples of Library of Congress subject headings you can use to search for books in OCtopus or the  Okanagan College Library catalogue (and other academic library catalogues):

Electromagnetic waves

Fluid dynamics

Force and energy

General relativity (Physics)


Higgs bosons



Nuclear fusion

Nuclear physics

Particles (Nuclear physics)

Quantum theory

Special relativity (Physics)

String models


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