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Ithaca High School 10th grade library visit (Fall 2016): Find Books

This is a guide for Ms. Mellander's 10th grade students

Catalogs: Learn to search library catalogs effectively to locate books and other relevant materials

The Cornell University Library Catalog is a database that includes records for materials held in Cornell's non-medical libraries. Use the box on the home page for quick searching for a title, author, or keyword. From the Library's home page, click on the “Catalog” link to go to it directly.

For more advanced searching, use the Advanced Search.


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 Cornell holds. See the next section for more information about finding periodical articles.

Understanding Library of Congress Call Numbers

Finding books on the shelves of Olin & Uris Libraries

Reminder: Books with the Call Numbers A to P are housed in Olin, Q to Z in Uris

Anatomy of a Catalog Record