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Library Guide for Cat Coyle's Fall 2021 class

Encyclopedias and Background Sources

Why use background or tertiary resources?

  1.  Learn important terms, notable scholars or works, and more information about a topic.
  2.  Bibliographies, further reading, and works cited sections can lead you to secondary sources you can use in your research.
  3.  It's a quick overview of a theme, work, author, or other topic, which can save you time!

Other Resources for Getting Background on Topics

Secondary Resources - Books, Journals in the Library Catalog

To find books, search the Cornell Library Catalog.

This database has records for all of our books, journals, magazines, newspapers, videotapes, audiotapes, music CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, manuscripts, microfilm, microfiche--in short, anything the Library owns. You can search by keyword (any word in the catalog record), author, title, subject heading, call number, or journal title.

Two things to remember about our catalog:

* The online catalog lists the holdings of all Cornell libraries in one place.
* You cannot find journal articles in this catalog. Only the titles of journals, magazines, and newspapers are listed along with the years and volumes that we own. Use Databases to find individual articles.

Understanding Library of Congress Call Numbers


Secondary Resources - Databases for Journal Articles

Secondary Resources - Databases for News Articles

Library Catalog Searching - Subject Headings

Other Helpful Guides

Helpful Handouts and Links

Research Help

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Land Acknowledgement

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.

This land acknowledgment has been reviewed and approved by the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' leadership.