Looking for Books on a Topic?

Looking for books on a topic? See this tutorial on searching the library catalog to see how to do a very general keyword search for your subject in the library catalog, find a relevant book, check under Availability to see how you can access it in print (look for the library, call number [book location] and availability) or online (look for the full text link), and find the subject headings.

basic search for sustainable building design in catalog

Google Books

Cornell has a partnership with Google and has scanned lots of books which are available to you online.

Google Book Search

Keep Up on Literature in Your Field: Current Awareness Tools

 JournalTOCS - One-stop shopping for Tables of Contents. 

Use this service tokeep up-to-date with new publications by browsing, viewing, saving, and searching across thousands of journal tables of contents (TOCs) from hundreds of publishers. Free registration allows you to create a customized list of your most important and favorite journals, and includes export options such as email alerts, RSS feeds, formats for bibliographic managers, and customizable API for web pages. Note: there is a limit of 30 journal titles that can be followed.

Publishers' and Database Alerts

Journal publishers allow you to set up alerts in order to get ongoing emails about new published articles and databases often offer free registration, which provides access to features such as saved searches, email alerts when new material matching your search is added to the database, and more. Some may require free registration on the publisher's website or through databases like Web of Science.


New Books at CUL

Find out what books, e-books, and other monographs that have recently been added to the Cornell University Library collections. You can create RSS feeds for your custom list, which will be updated automatically each month.

Find an overview report or background information

Instead of diving right into the article literature, try seeing if there's an overview report available.