Subject vs Keyword

  • subject words = less hits & better
  • keywords = more hits & sometimes worse

A keyword means find the word anywhere--title, author, notes, description, publisher, etc.

Requesting Books from Elsewhere

  • For books that are checked out, or that Cornell doesn't have, use Borrow Direct
    Books arrive in 3-4 business days.
  • For items (books, articles, microfilm) Cornell doesn't have, use Interlibrary Loan Services
    Items can arrive in as little as a few days to a couple of weeks.
  • For items at another campus library or the Library Annex
    Use the "Request" button in the Library Catalog and choose Library to Library Delivery.

Library Home & Catalog

The library homepage search box searches all library systems--the catalog, articles, and library websites.

The catalog contains all of the holdings of all Cornell University libraries including records for books, ebooks, DVD's/videos, sound recordings, magazines/newspapers/journals, online journals/newspapers, computer files, government documents, manuscripts and archives, maps, musical scores, and more. Everything but articles!



search boxes


  • Use the search filters under "Limit your results."
  • To search the holdings of libraries beyond Cornell click on the "Libraries worldwide” (WorldCat Local) link.
  • The advanced search in the library catalog allows for more precision. The drop-down menu allows you to search by Author, Title, Keyword, or Subject, or combinations.