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Library Subject Guide for Astronomy

Library Changes because of COVID-19 Response

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New Books!

New Astronomy-related Books in the catalog

Newest Astronomy Books

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Recent Astronomy ebooks from Springer (not necessarily in Virgo catalog, but UVA has access to these titles):
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Quick Links to Astronomy Articles and Data

Try these databases to quickly find useful Astronomy articles. For more in-depth research, click on the Find articles tab above. Contact me if you are having trouble figuring out where to search.

Tools for Writing, Citing, Publishing

Overleaf    Overleaf   &   LaTeX

Everyone with a email address is entitled to a free Pro account on the Overleaf platform, which is designed for collaborative editing of LaTeX documents. You no longer need to keep an installation of LaTeX up-to-date locally, just use Overleaf.





Every researcher should have an ORCID iD. These are free, portable, unique identifiers which allow you to unambiguously associate all of your research products with each other. Most publishers and funding agencies require the use of an ORCID, but most researchers don't take full advantage of their ORCID, which can serve as a self-updating CV, if properly set up. As one example of the possibilities, you can view Ricky's ORCID profile.




The Astrophysical Data System is a specialized library portal system for researchers in astronomy and physics. It is one of the best portals available in any field of research, and with a few steps you can optimize it to work for you. ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 13 million records covering publications in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and the arXiv e-prints server. Both the abstracts and the full-text of major astronomy and physics publications are indexed and searchable.

But ADS provides much more! It tracks citations and usage of its records to provide advanced discovery and evaluation capabilities. Integrated in its databases, the ADS provides access and pointers to a wealth of external resources, including electronic articles available from publisher’s websites, astronomical object information, data catalogs and data sets hosted by external archives. It strives to integrate itself completely into the research workflow.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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NASA Image of the Day

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