Library Website

Terms entered into the single search box on the Cornell University Library website yield a wide variety of resources including cataloged materials, articles, databases names, online journals, and library websites and repositories.  To focus your search on finding print or online  books or journal titles click on the ‘Catalog’ link. 

Library Catalog

This catalog contains the holdings of 19 Cornell University libraries (over 7 million items) including records for books, DVDs/videos, sound recordings, magazines/newspapers/journals, computer files, government documents, manuscripts and archives, maps, musical scores, and more.

You can refine your search with the "Limit Your Search" facets on the left.  The drop-down menu to the right of the search box allows you to change what field you are searching. (Author, Title, Keyword, Subject.)

Advanced Search

There is an advanced search available from the catalog page.

The advanced search allows for more precision. You can use the drop-down options to search by title, author, subject, and more. Use the Search Tips to make your search more accurate. 

Beyond Cornell

To search the holdings of libraries beyond Cornell in the Worldcat Local database and click on Results at “libraries worldwide”  on the left of the results page.


Call Numbers

Some typical subject headings are:




You can also find books on a particular subject by browsing the library stacks in the area in which the Library of Congress Classification number for that subject is shelved. Most books on sociology are classed in HM.

Understanding Library of Congress Call Numbers