LING 1100-103 : Language, Thought, and Reality: Creating the Science of Language (Spring 2017): FAQs

Library Research Guide

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What are the working hours here?

See the library home page, link to Libraries and Hours.

 

Is there food here?
Yes. There is a cafe in Olin Library, directly across the walkway from Uris Library).

 

What types of books are in this library?
The collections in Olin & Uris are focused on the Social Sciences and Humanities. Uris library also has a small collection of Engineering titles. Collections in Olin & Uris Library

 

How are books divided between the libraries?

By subject area. Here's a list of all of the libraries on campus. Sometimes, it's easy to tell the subject area by the name of the library -- other times, not so much. Click on the website links to read more about each individual library.

 

How are the books in the library organized?

Books are assigned subject-headings and call numbers. To pull like materials together in the library stacks, we use the Library of Congress call number classification. Select a broad subject area, and then click through. The call number classifications become increasingly more detailed as you drill down. Please note: There could be hundreds of books within a specific call number classification - use the catalog, open records, and follow subject heading links, to select the best ones for your topic.

 

How do you borrow the books? How many each time?

Take the book to the circulation desk of the library. Use your Cornell ID card to check them out. You can take out an unlimited number of books. The loan period is 6-weeks and can be renewed. Here's a page with more information.

 

How to reserve books?
Actually, you can't reserve items (have them set aside for you). It's first-come, first-serve.

 

Do libraries share the books?

2-part answer:

1. You can check them out, of course.

Take the book to the circulation desk of the library. Use your Cornell ID card to check them out. You can take out an unlimited number of books. The loan period is 6-weeks and can be renewed. Here's a page with more information.

 2. We will also send books from one library to another library, so you can check them out at the library you use most often.

From the library record, click the Request button to have the item sent to another library on campus for you to check it out. It can take up to 48 hours. You can return books to any library on campus and we will ship them back where they belong.

 

 

How does the library's catalog system work?

Every record is structured into fields -- a title field, author field, subject field, publisher field, notes (or table-of-contents) etc. The terms you enter will be matched against these fields in order to find relevant records. You can use the drop-down menu in the catalog to select specific fields to search, if desired.

 

Can you get popular books, movies, periodicals through the Cornell libraries?

Do any of the libraries have fiction books?

Yes! Here's where to find DVDs. Here's one way to browse for popular books.  (Of course, you can also search the catalog by title, author, etc. See above). The Current Periodicals Room in Olin has both popular and academic periodicals, but this is only handful of the titles we subscribe to. To determine what we have, search the catalog. Use the drop-down menu to select Journal Title (see above).

 

Are all parts of this library open during the night, or are some parts closed off?

After 2:00 am, only the lower part of Uris library is open. From the entryway, take the short flight of stairs down to the Gallery, computer labs, Austin Room and the "Cocktail Lounge" (not really a cocktail lounge). There are no library services after 2:00 am. Please note: Students must have their Cornell ID cards to enter, or to remain in, the library after 2:00 am. The area is staffed by security guards.

 

How does the job application for this (and other) libraries work?

Library Human Resources has a Student Employment page with information about filling out the I9 (necessary to get a job!), job postings, and the job application process.

 

What's actually in the Harry Potter library? (a.k.a., the A.D. White Library).

Magic! (I'm kidding).

The collection in the A.D. White Library (a space within Uris Library) is focused on the history of the book.

 

Why is it named "Uris?" Is it the main library of Cornell?

The library was re-modeled in 1962. It was renamed the Uris Library for Harold D. Uris whose gift helped to finance the remodeling.

See: Uris Library Historical Tour for more information.

There is no "main library." There are libraries for different subject areas. Here's a list of all of the libraries on campus. Sometimes, it's easy to tell the subject area by the name of the library -- other times, not so much. Click on the website links to read more about each individual library.

 

Is printing free?
No, sorry. It's 9 cents per side. To print in the library or computer labs, students need to sign up for a netprint account. See: How to obtain a netprint account.

 

How many books can we take out at once? 
Unlimited. See: Borrow, Renew, Return Policies for more information.

 

How to search for articles in a particular area?
How do we access academic journal and scholarly article databases?

Go to the library homepage. Click the databases link. Browse through the subject areas to find some of the core databases for each subject.

Even better, Ask a Librarian!  We will have recommendations for the specific topic you are researching (and can save you time and aggravation).

 

Can we access them outside of the computer lab?
Yes! As long as you are on campus, you should be able to connect. Some vendors will automatically see the the Cornell IP and let you in even if all you have done is googled the name of the database, but in most cases, you need to go through the library home page to access the resource. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted for your NetID and password.

 

How much of the physical reserves are stored/available digitally?
Answer: I don't know the actual number or percentage of digital material on reserve. Alot. We may link to an online book, or scan individual chapters of books to place on reserve. Most articles are already available digitally, but when they aren't, we will also scan the articles.