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PSCB90 Physical Sciences Research Experience

Welcome to the research guide for PSCB90. This guide will help you become familiar with relevant research tips & resources for your project.

Why use books?

Traditional information such as: theories, formulas, algorithms, equations, tables of constants and units of measurements


the practical application of these in all areas of science is found in books.

Find books with LibrarySearch

Use LibrarySearch to find print and online books, articles, journals, videos, and more in our collections!

If you have some details of the item you want, you can use Advanced Search for:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Call number

or more

If you have a particular topic you want to find, you can search using an:

  • Anywhere search 
  • Subject search

For more information on how to search in LibrarySearch, please see this Guide.



Accessing Books in LibrarySearch

Searching for books is similar to searching for journal articles, except for WHERE you search.

Start by combining keywords using AND, OR, NOT.

When you find a book that you like, check that it is IN and then select the 'Get Help' button to see if it can either be accessed online through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) or if it can requested through the library's pickup service.

If you're off campus and ONLY want to see the items that can be accessed remotely, you can also limit your search results by selecting 'online' filter.

Use Subject Headings

Book record showing subjects

When you have found a book that seems useful, don't forget to look at its subject entries, in the Details section; if you see one that looks good, click that to get to other titles that have been given that subject heading.

Narrow down your search


You can refine the search results in a number of different ways, including by library, by subject, and many other ways including publication year, language, and format (such as "book" or "film"). 

Access Scanned Copies of Books

How to access the HathiTrust collection  

  1. Search for the book you would like to access in LibrarySearch.

  2. Click the 'Get Help' button in the item record. 

  3. If the book is available in the HathiTrust ETAS, a page will appear linking you to the ETAS.  

  4. After reading the terms of use statement on the page, click the 'I have read and agree with the above statement' button. 

  5. Click the yellow LOG IN button in HathiTrust.  

  6. Find and select the University of Toronto in the list of partner institutions.   

  7. Log in with your UTORid and password.   

  8. You will now see a 'temporary access' link in the catalogue record for your book.