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German Studies 4100: Senior Seminar. (Fall 2017): Finding

Research guide for Elke Siegel's seminar.

Searching Catalogs for Books

Connect to the Cornell Library Catalog.
Locate anything in the Cornell University Library collections by searching our Catalog--books, journals, magazines, newspapers, videotapes, audiotapes, CDs, DVDs, manuscripts, and microforms. You can use this catalog to recall or place a hold on books that are currently checked out by other library users.
An example of a book you might find using this catalog:
Literatur der Weimarer Republik, 1918-1933. München: C. Hanser, 1995.
(Olin Library PT 85 .H24 Bd.8z)

Articles & Full Text, aka Summon.
A very large, searchable database of online articles, books, and book chapters. Search German words to find German-language results, or limit the Language to Deutsch in the left column on the search results page.

Connect to WorldCat (FirstSearch interface) or World Cat Local.
Another online catalog, WorldCat (First Search interface), is very useful for finding German-language publications beyond Cornell's holdings. Both versions of WorldCat bring together the holdings of over 9,000 libraries together in one massive, searchable database. Books and articles that you find in WorldCat can be requested using our BorrowDirect or interlibrary loan delivery services. (More information in the next box below).
An example of a non-Cornell book found by using WorldCat:
Bullivant, Keith. Das Literarische Leben in der Weimarer Republik. Königstein/Ts.: Scriptor-Verlag,1978.

The online BorrowDirect catalog can also be used to search across the holdings of all eight Ivy League libraries as well as Stanford, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, and MIT libraries. See the information in the next section, below.


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
Connect to Borrow Direct, search for the book and if it's available from another Ivy League university, we will have it shipped to Cornell. Borrowing period is six weeks, renewable once. 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 a copy of an article that we request from other libraries. Scanned articles or chapters usually arrive in a few days; borrowed Items can arrive in as little as a few days to a couple of weeks.

We invite you to ask the reference staff if you are having trouble finding a particular book or journal.