The main search box on the Library home page will retrieve material from several different sources: the CU Library catalog, article databases, and library web sites. Clicking on a link below the search box (Catalog, etc.) will limit your searches to that particular source.
The Cornell Library Catalog includes the holdings of all Ithaca campus libraries, in addition to those of the Geneva Experiment Station. 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.
You can choose a "simple search" (single search box) or an "advanced search." Here's an example of an advanced search.
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:
If you find one book relevant to your subject, you can identify others by clicking on the subject heading in the record for that book:
Clicking on the subject heading "elephants" will reveal more books and films about elephants.
Animals in motion pictures
Animals in mass media