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Research Guides

Astronomy

Annual Reviews

From the University of Texas Libraries, "Review articles are an attempt by one or more writers to sum up the current state of the research on a particular topic. Ideally, the writer searches for everything relevant to the topic, and then sorts it all out into a coherent view of the “state of the art” as it now stands. Review Articles will teach you about:

  • the main people working in a field
  • recent major advances and discoveries
  • significant gaps in the research
  • current debates
  • ideas of where research might go next

Review Articles are virtual gold mines if you want to find out what the key articles are for a given topic. If you read and thoroughly digest a good review article, you should be able to “talk the talk” about a given topic. Unlike research articles, review articles are good places to get a basic idea about a topic."

Finding Astronomy Books

Astronomy books can be found on the first floor of Honnold in the compact shelving next to the cafe.

Books are a core resource for understanding the foundation of astronomy topics, and you'll want to use Library Search as well as browsing the shelves of the astronomy collection to find books for your research.

LC Subclassifications for QB

QB1-991 Astronomy
QB1-139 General
QB140-237  Practical and spherical astronomy
QB275-343 Geodesy
QB349-421 Theoretical astronomy and celestial mechanics
QB455-456 Astrogeology
QB460-466 Astrophysics
QB468-480 Non-optical methods of astronomy
QB495-903 Descriptive astronomy
QB500.5-785 Solar system
QB799-903 Stars
QB980-991 Cosmogony. Cosmology

See the Library of Congress Classification Outline for more information