Reference Resources Table of Contents
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Need to find a book, journal articles or more (either a particular title or on a topic) at Cornell and beyond? Search the online catalog. From the library's website, search most Cornell resources at once using the main search box (or search or browse specific resources more directly using the links under the box).
Subject & Keyword Searching
Sample Subject Headings
Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.
Are you off campus? Make sure you're coming though the library website or using Passkey so the resource recognizes you as a Cornell person. (See more below)
If we do not have a BOOK, or if the book is already checked out:
Borrow Direct Borrow books from our partner Ivy League universities. We will have it shipped to Cornell. Borrowing period is one month. Books arrive in 4 business days. (BOOKS only).
If we don't own an item (any item -- journal article, DVD, dissertation, etc.): Interlibrary Loan Services