Astronomy Resource Guide
The following databases are recommended for news articles:
- Access Science (Great starting place for finding paper topics)
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Newspaper Source Plus
- Today's Science (Yet another great starting place for finding paper topics)
- US Newsstream
The following databases are recommended for scholarly articles:
The following journals are recommended:
To locate more journals , browse by subject in our Full Text E-Journal locator.
- Advances in Astronomy
- Annual review of astronomy and astrophysics
- Annual review of earth and planetary sciences
- Astronomy and astrophysics review
- Earth, Moon, and Planets
- Journal of the British Astronomical Association
- Science (Electronic holdings end in 2005, but the library currently receives this journal in print and has a large print collection)
- Sky and telescope
The following books are recommended:
The library collection maintains many volumes on astronomy
- The Astronomer's Universe: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmos - Herbert Friedman
- Black Hole Astrophysics: The Engine Paradigm - David L. Meier
- The Book of Universes: Exploring the Limits of the Cosmos - John D. Barrow
- The Charm of Physics - Sheldon L. Glashow
- Dynamic Astronomy - Robert T. Dixon
- Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang - Paul J. Steinhardt & Neil Turok
- The Fifty Best Sights in Astronomy and How to See Them - Fred Schaaf
- A Grand and Bold Thing: An Extraordinary New Map of the Universe Ushering in a New Era of Discovery - Ann Finkbeiner
- Impossible Extinction: Natural Catastrophes and the Supremacy of the Microbial World - Charles S. Cockell
- Introductory Astronomy - Keith Holliday
- Modern Theories of the Universe: From Herschel to Hubble - Michael J. Crowe
- On the Origin of Planets: By Means of Natural Simple Processes - Michael M. Woolfson
- Under the Radar: The First Woman in Radio Astronomy: Ruby Payne-Scott - W.M. Goss & Richard X. McGee
- Unfolding Our Universe - Iain Nicolson
- Astronomy Encyclopedia - edited by Patrick Moore
- Collins Dictionary of Astronomy - edited by John Daintith & William Gould
- Exoplanets - edited by S. Seager
- New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics - National Research Council
- Philip's Guide to Stars and Planets - Patrick Moore
The following websites are recommended:
- Acheson Planetarium – Cranbrook Institute of Science’s planetarium website with exhibits, and collections to explore and experience the universe.
- The American Astronomical Society (AAS) – Education, publishing, and research resources to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe.
- Astronomy Magazine – Online articles and reporting on space and astronomy.
- Astronomy Now – Online UK astronomy magazine with news, reviews, and articles.
- Astronomy Teaching and Learning Resources – Internet resources to accompany The Sourcebook for Teaching Science.
- Astronomy Today – News, features, and blogs related to astronomy-related events.
- Cosmic Journey: A History of Scientific Cosmology – Cosmological theory, descriptions of astronomical instruments, and other resources related to the history of cosmology.
- Google Sky - A collaboration between Google, NASA, the Space Telescope Science Institute, the European Space Agency, the Digital Sky Survey Consortium, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, this site allows users to browse and explore the universe in a new way.
- High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment – University of Arizona’s catalog of high-resolution images from Mars.
- Home Science: Backyard Astronomy Basics – Tools and resources to help astronomy enthusiasts.
- MERLOT Astronomy Resources – Open access educational resources like textbooks, presentations, simulations, and tutorials.
- NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration – Information, photographs, and videos devoted to NASA’s studies of Earth and space.
- NASA Image and Video Library – Videos, images, and audio of NASA events and projects.
- NASA Planetary Data System – Archive of digital data products returned from NASA’s planetary missions and experiments.
- NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database – Comprehensive database of multi-wavelength data for extragalactic objects and research related to these objects.
- NASA's HEASARC: High Energy Astrophysics Science Archives Research Center – Archive for NASA’s (and other space agencies’) missions studying electromagnetic radiation from cosmic phenomena ranging from black holes to the Big Bang.
- National Science Teachers Association – Resources, conferences, and professional development opportunities for science educators and professionals.
- Planetariums in Michigan – Map of planetariums in Michigan with links to planetarium websites.
- Science.gov – Database with access to authoritative federal science information including research and development results.
- The Sky Live: Online Planetarium – Interactive star map of the sky.
- Solar System Simulator – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s artwork, maps, and models simulating the solar system.
- Spaceweather – News and information about the Sun-Earth environment.
- Talbert and Leota Abrams Planetarium – Michigan State University’s astronomy and space science education resource center for central Michigan.
- Wayne State University Planetarium Shows, educational programs, and special events to learn about planets, stars, and other wonders of the universe.
- Wolfram Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine Space & Astronomy – Extensive coverage of space and astronomy for computations and data exploration.
- Online: Ask-A-Librarian
- Phone: Call the Reference Desk at 734-432-5767
- In Person:
- Drop by the library any time and ask to speak with a librarian
- Schedule a session with a specific Librarian
Use the library's Interlibrary Loan Service to request articles or books that are not in the library's collection.
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