Physics & Astronomy: Browsing

Selected resources for physics

Understanding call numbers

A call number (the number placed on the spine of the book) is a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subject.

For example:

"Mechanical vibration by H. Benaroya, 2004" is located at 620.3 B456M 2004.

  • The 620.3 number represents the subject of the book. It is vibration in this case.
  • The first letter-and-number section (B456) represents the author's last name. The last letter (i.e. M) represent the first letter of the title.
  • The 2004 represents the year of publication.

Location of print items

Catalogue record: Holdings infomation

  1. Location: Hargrave-Andrew Library
    Call number: 620.3 B456M 2004
    Spine label reads:
    H 620.3
    The book is shelved in the main book collection which is on the Second level of the Hargrave-Andrew Library
  2. Location: Hargrave-Andrew Library Standards
    The material is shelved on the First level, Standard collection.
  3. Location: Hargrave-Andrew Library Multimedia
    The material is shelved on the First level, Multimedia collection.
  4. Location: Hargrave-Andrew Library Maps
    The material is shelved on the First level, Map Room
  5. Location: Hargrave-Andrew Library Reference
    The material is shelved on the First level, Reference collection.
  6. Location: Hargrave-Andrew Library Theses
    The material is shelved on the Ground level, Compactus Units

Please write down the Call Number and ask the Loans Desk staff for assistance

Call numbers - browsing the shelves

Most Monash University libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme to organise books and journals. The most efficient way to locate material in the library is to search the library catalogue, however the following may be useful as a guide when browsing the shelves for titles in Physics and related areas . Much of the collection is now electronic and this should be remembered when browsing shelves.

List of Physics call numbers:

Number Subject
520-525 Astronomy
530 Physics
530.1 Theoretical / quantum mechanics
532 Fluid mechanics, liquid mechanics
533 Pneumatics
534 Sound and related vibrations
535 Light and paraphotic phenomena
535.58 Laser Research
536 Heat and thermodynamics
537 Electricity and electronics
538 Magnetism
539 Modern physics
570.282 Microscopy
610.153 Medical physics
616.0757 Tomography
621 Applied physics
621.367 Image processing
642 Computer vision
808.02-808.06 Essay, reports and technical writing