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Sociology 3650: Sociology of Disasters: 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:

Bhopal Union Carbide Plant Disaster, Bhopal, India, 1984

Buffalo Creek (W. Va.) >Flood, 1972

Collective behavior

Communities >Social aspects

Conflict management

Crisis management

Disaster relief >Citizen participation

Disaster relief >Government policy >Louisiana >New Orleans >History >21st century

Disaster relief >Social aspects

Disaster victims >Gulf Coast (U.S.)

Disaster victims >Social networks

Disasters >History >17th century

Disasters >Moral and ethical aspects

Disasters >Psychological aspects             

Disasters >Social aspects

Emergency management > Government policy

Emergency management >Law and legislation

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, Japan, 2011

Haiti Earthquake, Haiti, 2010

Humanitarian assistance

Hurricane Katrina, 2005 >Social aspects

Hurricane Sandy, 2012

Hurricanes >Gulf Coast (U.S.) >Social aspects

Kanto Earthquake, Japan, 1923

Love Canal Chemical Waste Landfill (Niagara Falls, N.Y.)

Natural disasters >Law and legislation

Natural Hazards > Social aspects

Panic >Social aspects

Rescue work

Resilience (Personality trait)

Risk >Sociological aspects

Risk perception >Social aspects

September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001

Social capital (Sociology)

Social justice >Louisiana >New Orleans

Social networks

Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant (Pa.)

Typhoons >Philippines

World Trade Center Bombing, New York, N.Y., 1993

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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