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WRIT 2100: Delve Deeper: Research Methods in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: Books

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

From the Library's home page, click on the Catalog link to search for materials held at Cornell only. 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.

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

Understanding Library of Congress Call Numbers

Finding books on the shelves of Olin & Uris Libraries

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

What to do if it's not available

If the catalog record indicates that the material is "charged," it means that someone else has signed out the book. You can recall it by clicking on "requests." That takes about two weeks. You can also try to get it through Borrow Direct.

If we do not have a BOOK in our holdings, or if the book you need is already checked out:

Borrow Direct

Click on the link to connect to Borrow Direct, search for the book and if it's available from another Ivy League university, MIT, Johns Hopkins, Duke, or the University of Chicago. We will have it shipped to Cornell. Borrowing period is for six weeks, renewable once. Books arrive in 3-4 business days. (This service is for BOOKS only). Many art books are not available through Borrow Direct, but you would probably be able to get them through through Interlibrary Loan.

If we do not have an item that you need (any item -- journal article, DVD, dissertation, etc.):

Interlibrary Loan Services

If Cornell Library does not have an item you need, Use ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database) to request that we borrow materials from other libraries. Loan period is usually one month. Items can arrive in as little as a few days to a couple of weeks (This service will not work for items that Cornell already owns, but are checked out by other borrowers).

Book Delivery & Annex Requests

When you see that a book has the location Library Annex, our off-site storage location (it's on Palm Road, near the the Cornell Orchards):

You can request to have those books and journals delivered to a library on campus. Deliveries are made mornings, Monday-Friday, usually about a day after you make the request. Here's how to request annex items:

Retrieve the catalog record of the item in question. Click on Request item. Unless you've already logged in, you'll be prompted for your netid and password.

Using the pull-down menu, choose "Book Delivery Services."




The Annex also has its own reading room, if you prefer to go there yourself. The address is Palm Road, off Route 366, and the hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.