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Physics Collection Development Guidelines

General Department Information

The Physics Department maintains a World Wide Web home page with current information about its program, faculty and course offerings. Specialized areas of research in the department include Condensed Matter Physics/ Liquid Crystals/High Temperature Superconductivity, and Nuclear Physics.

The Center for Nuclear Research has operated within the Physics Department to support, enhance, and promote fundamental studies of the nature of atomic nuclei, nuclear particles and their interactions. The Center manages and coordinates the research programs and grant funding and fosters a strong academic environment with national and international standing.

The National Science Foundation Science and Technology Research Center for Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials (ALCOM) is a pre-eminent center for research in liquid crystals. ALCOM is a consortium of Kent State University, Case Western University, and the University of Akron. The Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent is its hub.

Scope of Coverage


Primary objective of this collection is to support the curriculum and research needs of the faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in the Physics department. It also serves the interdisciplinary needs of other academic units with particular emphasis in the areas of Liquid Crystals, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics and Computer Sciences. The collection includes resources to support an understanding of the principles and interpretation of the role of physics for non physics majors and students in related interdisciplinary programs.

Material Types:

Journals, Serials, Monographs, Indexing Tools, Government Documents, conference proceedings, technical reports and dissertations in print or electronic formats.

The following subject areas are collected the research level:

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Soft Condensed Matter
  • Liquid Crystal Physics
  • Complex Fluids
  • Correlated Electron Physics
  • High Temperature Superconductivity
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Hadronic Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Field Theory
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Phase Transitions
  • Heavy-ion Collisions
  • Quark-Gluon Matter

The following subject areas are collected at the advanced study level(Graduate/Undergrad courses):

  • Aerodynamics
  • Astronomy
  • Classical Electrodynamics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Classical Physics
  • Computer Systems Design
  • Electromagnetism
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • General Physics
  • Heat Phenomena
  • Superconductors and Superconductivity
  • Kinematics
  • Light and Optics
  • Low Temperature Physics
  • Many body quantum mechanics
  • Materials Physics
  • Microprocessor design
  • Particle Physics
  • Planetarium
  • Quantum and Atomic physics
  • Relativity
  • Solid State Physics
  • Technical Physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Waves

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Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coverage Areas


  • Primary emphasis on English language materials and English translations

Date of Publication:

  • Emphasis on current materials

Geographical guidelines:

  • No restrictions

Society or Publisher emphasis:

  • Publication of the Scholarly Societies and Scientific Publishers

Multiple copies:

  • Under special circumstances only

Material Types
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  • Journals
  • Encyclopedias
  • Handbooks
  • Textbooks
  • Monographs in series
  • Progress Reports
  • Annual Reviews
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Dissertations
  • Data books, in print, electronic, and multimedia formats

Audio Visual Material:

  • Selectively acquired on request



  • Research level Collection of scholarly works in defined subject areas
  • Selective acquisition of dissertations, technical reports, popular materials and textbooks

Theses and Dissertations

  • Selective in all areas, more comprehensive in Liquid Crystals


  • List of current serials
  • There has been a tremendous increase in accessibility to physics journals online due to the large number of Physics and related scholarly journals available through OhioLINK's Electronic Journal Center which includes all journals published electronically by the following publishers:
    • Academic Press, 1993-
    • American Chemical Society, 1996-
    • American Institute of Physics,1997-
    • American Physical Society, 1985-
    • BioOne, 2000-
    • Blackwell Publishers, 1999-
    • Blackwell Science, 1999-
    • Elsevier Science, 1995-
    • Institute of Physics, 1991-
    • Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996-
    • Royal Society of Chemistry, 1997-
    • Springer-Verlag, 1996-
    • Thieme Medical Publishers, 2000-
    • Wiley, 1997-

    Most of the print equivalents of these journals have been cancelled. Other avenues for full text access are available via certain publisher or other sites, commercial document delivery, and Interlibrary Loan.

Government Documents:

Online databases and resources:

  • The Aldrich/ACD Library of FT NMR Spectra (Pro Version)
  • Compendex
  • Current Contents on CD: Physical Chemical and Earth Sciences
  • Digital Dissertations UMI 1861-present
  • Handbook of Chemistry and Physics on CD-ROM(CRCNetBASE 1999)
  • INSPEC database !967-present
  • LiqCryst database 4.0
  • PapersFirst
  • ProceedingsFirst
  • SciFinder Scholar 1907-present
  • Science Citation Index 1980-present
  • Standard Math Interactive
  • Surface and Colloid Chemistry Handbook on CD-ROM(CRCNetBASE 1999)
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