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Introduction to Research in the University Library (Summer 2017): Finding
Books

Getting oriented to research in the extensive holdings of the Cornell University Library.

FINDING BOOKS and More

Find nearly everything owned by the Cornell University Library by searching our Catalog. This includes books, journals, magazines, newspapers, videotapes, audiotapes, music CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, manuscripts, microfilm, microfiche--in short, anything the Library owns.

 

This online catalog also allows you to recall or put a hold on items that are currently checked out by other library users. Clicking on the My Account link at upper right allows you to see what you have checked out; you can also renew your books from this page.

 

Connect to the Catalog

 

A book you might find using this catalog:
Baer, Hans A. The Anthropology of Climate Change: An Integrated Critical Perspective.
New York : Routledge, 2014.
(Olin Library GF 71 .B34 2014)

 

Two things to remember about the Catalog:
1. It lists the holdings of all the Cornell libraries (Mann, Olin, Law, Uris, Catherwood, etc.).
2. You cannot find journal articles in this catalog. Only the titles of journals, magazines, and newspapers are listed along with the years and volumes that we own. To find articles, click on the Finding Articles tab in this guide.

 

Understanding Library of Congress Call Numbers

WHAT IF WE DON'T OWN IT?

If we don't have a BOOK that you need or if we have the book but it's checked out:

Borrow Direct
Click on the link above, connect to Borrow Direct, search for the book and if it's available from another BorrowDirect partner library, we will have it shipped to Cornell. Borrowing period is one month. Books arrive in 3-4 business days. (This service is for BOOKS only).

If we don't own an item that you need (any item -- journal article, DVD, dissertation, etc.) :


Interlibrary Loan Service
If Cornell Library does not have an item you need, use our interlibrary loan service 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.

We invite you to check with the reference staff if you are having trouble finding a particular book or journal. We can help!

Reference Help

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