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Cascadilla School Library Day (Fall 2018): Find Books

Introduction to doing research at Cornell for students of the Cascadilla School

Finding Books

Find books at the Cornell University Library using the Library of Congress classification system.

The Olin/Uris stack guide

More detail: finding books in Olin

Subject Browse

Image: screen shot of subject browse search box, with link to subject browse in Cornell catalog

Use the Subject Browse feature to discover books in the catalog. Here are some examples of subject headings I'd find if I were looking for subjects related to smartphones:

iPhone (Smartphone)

iPhone (Smartphone) > Mobile apps

iPhone (Smartphone) > Programming.

Telecommunication > Social aspects.

Android (Electronic resource) > Security measures

Smartphones > Handbooks, manuals, etc

Smartphones > Programming

Catalogs: Learn to search library catalogs effectively to locate books and other relevant materials

The Cornell University Library Catalog is a database that includes records for materials held in Cornell's non-medical libraries. Use the box on the home page for quick searching for a title, author, or keyword. From the Library's home page, click on the “Catalog” link to go to it directly.

For more advanced searching, use the Advanced Search.


You will not find journal articles in the catalog. Only the titles of journals, magazines, and newspapers are listed along with the years and volumes that Cornell holds. See the next section for more information about finding periodical articles.

Understanding Library of Congress Call Numbers

Reminder: Books with the Call Numbers A to P are housed in Olin, Q to Z in Uris

Typical Catalog Record

Image: screen shot of library catalog record for "Conjuring Asia" with link to record

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