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ITAL 1113: Jewish-Italian Literature and the Long 20th Century (Fall 2018): Finding

A library research guide for students in Prof. von Wittelsbach's ITAL 1113 class.

Finding Books in the Library Catalog

The Cornell Library Catalog includes the holdings of all Ithaca campus libraries, in addition to those of the Geneva Experiment Station. The catalog contains records for books, computer files, government documents, manuscripts and archives,maps, musical scores, periodicals, serials, sound recordings, and visual materials.

To search only the Library catalog,  click on the catalog link as indicated by the yellow arrow.


The "All Fields" search will retrieve matches for your search terms wherever they appear in the description of an item, but you may use the pulldown menu to the right of the search box to limit to title, author, subject, publisher, or call number.

The Cornell University Library uses Library of Congress Subject Headings as the standard for subject searching.  Limit your search to Subject to retrieve items that contain your terms as part of their LC heading:

Some useful Library of Congress Subject Headings for this class are:


Subject headings may also be used to find books about individual authors, for example: LEVI PRIMO--CRITICISM AND INTERPRETATION

Clicking on the last facet of the subject heading -- Criticism and Interpretation -- will retrieve additional books about the author's work.

Size Ranges

Pay attention to the call numbers and note whether the material is shelved in the regular, oversized (+), or double oversized (++) sections in Olin or Uris.

Regular Size Books in Olin Library
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How to Read Call Numbers

We use the Library of Congress Subject Classification system.

1. Books are shelved in alphabetical order based on the letters in the first line of the call number. For example, the P call numbers are followed by the PA call numbers, followed by PB, etc.
2. Within the PA call numbers, books are arranged in numerical order, from low to high.
3. The next lines of the call number contain a letter and a number, but they are read as decimals, not whole numbers. Example: A55 is read as A .55. This is why A55 comes before A6 (A .55, A .6, A .65).

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