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Economics Honors Research Guide

What if a library material isn't available?

If the catalog record indicates that the material is "charged," it means that someone else has signed out the book.  

If we do not have a book, printed music or audio-visual material in our holdings, or if the item you need is already checked out:

Borrow Direct

Click on the link above, connect to Borrow Direct, search for the book and if it's available from another Borrow Direct participating library, we will have it shipped to Cornell. Borrowing period is usually 6 weeks, with one renewal period if requested. Materials usually arrive in 3-4 business days depending on location. 

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

Interlibrary Loan Services

If Cornell Library does not have an item you need, use the ILL form or request button in the catalog to request that we borrow materials from other libraries. Loan period is usually one month, but can vary depending on format type. Items can arrive in as little as a few days to a couple of weeks.


Library Catalog

The Cornell University Library Catalog is a database that includes records for materials held in the libraries that comprise the Cornell University Library. After your search, limiters are available on the lefthand side of your results to limit by format, publication year, language, and more.

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 we own. See the  Articles tab for more information about finding periodical articles.

Understanding Library of Congress Call Numbers


ProQuest Dissertations & Theses:  Dissertations and theses from around the world, with coverage from 1743 to present. PDF full-text 1997 to present, with select full-text coverage before 1997.

Theses & Dissertations in eCommons @ Cornell: A starting place for finding the most recent dissertations and theses from Cornell.

Tips for Locating DissertationsStrategies for locating dissertations from both Cornell and non-Cornell degree candidates.


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