On the library catalog search page, the "Limit your Search" function provides options to help you narrow your search results including how you'd like to access resources (online, physical) and in what format (book, journal/periodical, microform, etc.).
How to Use HathiTrust e-Books
During the pandemic, you may encounter the following location information for books that indicate a type of electronic access provided by the HathiTrust:
That means it is a HathiTrust "ETAS" (Emergency Temporary Access Service) book and is only available electronically. Click on the "Connect to full text" link and sign in. Here are further instructions for how to use the HathiTrust ETAS:
Catalogs: Learn to search library catalogs effectively to locate books and other relevant materials
What to do if it's not available
If the catalog record indicates that the material is "charged," it means that someone else has signed out the book. When you click on "request," the system figures out the fastest way to get it to you. If it's a recall, that takes about two weeks. Borrow Direct is the fastest delivery:
If we do not have a book in our holdings, or if the book you need is already checked out: Borrow Direct
Click on the link to connect to Borrow Direct, search for the book and if it's available from another Ivy League university (plus: Johns Hopkins, MIT, Duke, University of Chicago, & Stanford), we will have it shipped to Cornell. The borrowing period is for eight weeks, renewable once. Books arrive in 3-4 business days.
If we do not have an item that you need (any item -- journal article, DVD, dissertation, etc.): Interlibrary Loan Services
Use ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database) to request that we borrow materials from other libraries or have articles scanned for you. Loan period is usually one month. Items can arrive in as little as a few days (or even the next day, in the case of scans) to a couple of weeks (This service will not work for items that Cornell already owns, but are checked out by other borrowers).
Use the Subject Browse feature to discover books in the catalog :
Ex.1: Laylah Ali
Ex. 2: Jar with lotus design, China, 15th-16th century
- Porcelain, Chinese > History
- Blue and white ware > China > History
- Flowers > Symbolic aspects > Asia
- Flower language
Ex. 3: Haudenosaunee Peace Tree
- Cayuga Indians
- Iroquois art
- Iroquois Indians > Religion and mythology
- Iroquois Indians > New York (State)