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. The links to Catalog, Articles & Full Text, Databases, E-Journal Titles, and Images  will limit your searches to that particular source.

homepage search with links to Catalog, Articles & Fulltext, Databases, E-Journal Titles, and Images.

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.

Library catalog basic search, defaulting to search All Fields

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 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:

Library catalog basic search showing the pulldown menu to select Subject.

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:

Library catalog record displaying subject headings.

A Boccaccio collector

Willard FiskeWillard Fiske, Reading at the Villa Landor.

Image from the online exhibit The Passionate Collector:  Willard Fiske and his Libraries, Cornell University Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, 2005.  Fiske was Cornell's first University Librarian.

Finding Books in Olin

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

Regular Size Books in Olin Library