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COML 1126.104: Aesthetics for Beginners (Fall 2017): Find
Books

A library research guide for students in Klas Erik Molde's Comparative Literature 1126 class.

Finding Books in the Library Catalog

The Cornell Library Catalog includes the holdings of all Ithaca campus libraries. The catalog contains records for books, computer files, government documents, manuscripts and archives,maps, musical scores, periodicals, serials, sound recordings, and visual materials.

To search only the Library catalog,  click on the catalog link as indicated by the yellow arrow.

 

The "All Fields" search will retrieve matches for your search terms wherever they appear in the description of an item, but you may use the pulldown menu to the right of the search box to limit to title, author, subject, publisher, or call number.

The Cornell University Library uses Library of Congress Subject Headings as the standard for subject searching.  Limit your search to Subject to retrieve items that contain your terms as part of their LC heading:

Some useful Library of Congress Subject Headings for this class are:
ENGLISH LITERATURE -- 19th CENTURY
DECADENCE (LITERARY MOVEMENT) -- GREAT BRITAIN
DECADENCE IN LITERATURE

DECADENCE IN ART

Subject headings may also be used to find books about individual authors, for example: WILDE OSCAR 1854-1900--CRITICISM AND INTERPRETATION

Clicking on the last facet of the subject heading  -- here it's Criticism and Interpretation -- for an individual title will retrieve additional books about the author's work.


Size Ranges


Pay attention to the call numbers and note whether the material is shelved in the regular, oversized (+), or double oversized (++) sections in Olin or Uris.

Regular Size Books in Olin Library

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Requesting Books

If a book you need is checked out or not available at a campus Library, you may request a copy from another Ivy League or peer institution library through Borrow Direct. Look for the Request button in the catalog records for books we have but are checked out:

The Request button will usually direct you to the Borrow Direct system. Log in, find the listing for the book you need, and if a copy is available it will be delivered to the campus library you select in 3-5 days. Loans are for 6 weeks, with the option to renew for another 6 weeks.

If the item isn't available via Borrow Direct, it will be requested via Interlibrary Loan.