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Sociology 2250: Schooling and Society: Searching
for Books

Subject Headings

To increase the relevance of search results, limit search terms to library subject headings or subject words. Here are some examples:

Academic achievement >United States

Affirmative action programs in education

Affirmative action programs >United States

African American students

African Americans >Education >Social aspects

Classroom environment

Discrimination in education

Dropout behavior, Prediction of

Educational equalization

Educational sociology>United States.

Hispanic Americans >Education >Social aspects.

Minorities >Education >United States

Progressive education >United States

Racism in education

Right to education

School choice >Social aspects

School environment

School integration >United States

Sex differences in education

Sex discrimination in education

Sexism in education >United States

Socially handicapped children >Education

Technical education>Social aspects

Women >Education >United States

Working class >Education


Library Website

Terms entered into the single search box on the Cornell University Library website yield a wide variety of resources including cataloged materials, articles, databases names, online journals, and library websites and repositories.  To focus your search on finding print or online  books or journal titles click on the ‘Catalog.’

Library "New" Catalog

This catalog contains the holdings of 19 Cornell University libraries (over 7 million items) including records for books, DVD's/videos, sound recordings, magazines/newspapers/journals, computer files, government documents, manuscripts and archives, maps, musical scores, and more.

You can refine your search with the facets on the left.  The drop down menu to the right of the search box allows you to change what field you are searching. (Author, Title, Keyword, Subject.)

Advanced Search

There is an advanced search available from the catalog page.

The advanced search allows for more precision.

Beyond Cornell

To search the holdings of libraries beyond Cornell in the Worldcat Local database and click on Results at “libraries worldwide”  on the left of the results page.


Find sources in the stacks

Library of Congress Classification
Books are arranged on the shelf according to a classification system, created by the Library of Congress, that organizes them together by topic. For example, HM is sociology; F574 is Detroit history.

Olin Library's stack guide helps you locate the floor that contains the classification provided in the catalog for books and journals. Be sure to note information on "oversize" items on the right side of the guide.

Finding Books on the Olin Shelves

This Research Minute covers how to find books and bound journals shelved in Olin Library.

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