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COML 1119: A Taste of Russian Literature (Fall 2018): Find

A library research guide for students in Prof. Krivitsky's Comparative Literature 1119 class.

Finding Books in the Library Catalog

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. 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:


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 last facet of the subject heading  will retrieve additional books about the philosophy of place.

Size Ranges

We use the Library of Congress Subject Classification system. 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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How to Read Call Numbers

1. Books are shelved in alphabetical order based on the letters in the first line of the call number. For example, the P call numbers are followed by the PA call numbers, followed by PB, etc.
2. Within the PA call numbers, books are arranged in numerical order, from low to high.
3. The next lines of the call number contain a letter and a number, but they are read as decimals, not whole numbers. Example: A55 is read as A .55. This is why A55 comes before A6 (A .55, A .6, A .65).

How to Read Citations

Learning how to interpret citations you find in scholarly books and articles is a critical research skill and essential to efficiently finding the material you need for your assignments. Watch this video to learn how.

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