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Field Research in the Ecological Arts: Home


This guide has been designed to provide information that will support research for your semester field project.This page focuses on general library resources and services.

Other tabs in this guide highlight more specialized resources for finding background information on the local feature that you have chosen for your final project.

For better access off campus to Cornell resources -- especially journal articles -- it is highly recommended that you install Passkey in your browser.

Finding Books in the Library Catalog

The Cornell Library Catalog includes the holdings of all Ithaca campus libraries. The catalog contains records for books, computer files, government documents, manuscripts and archives, maps, musical scores, periodicals, serials, sound recordings, and visual materials.

Image: catalog option from CUL home page search box

To access the catalog, click on the link under the search box on the main library website.


Image: screen shot from Cornell University Library catalog


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.

Screen shot of Cornell University Library catalog with Subject search highlighted


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.


Screen shot of Cornell University Library catalog with subject headings highlighted


Clicking on the subject heading link in any catalog record will retrieve additional books or other items related to that subject.

Selected Article Databases

Need Additional Help?

Cornell librarians are available to help you via email or through a Zoom research consultation.

The Mann Library reference email is

To book a research consultation, complete the form on the Research Services page of the Mann Library website.