How to Access Library Resources

Now that you've seen the breadth of resources available to you remotely, how do you get access to them? That depends on what you are trying to access and from where you are trying to access them. 

two types of resourcesTwo types of resources: There those that anyone with an Internet connection can access, and those limited to the current Cornell community (which includes CCE staff). Most, if not all, electronic journals will be Cornell-restricted, as will be most of the most popular and comprehensive databases: Biosis, Lexis-Nexis, PsycInfo,  Proquest Research Library, etc. The labels "Licensed" or "Public Domain" under the title of a resource in Find Databases distinguish the restricted resources from the freely available (i.e. "public domain") ones.  The Library Catalog, on the other hand, is not restricted if you just need to search it but once you try to access a restricted electronic journal or database through the catalog you will need to be authenticated as a Cornell user.

For CCE Staff:


From the office: Your office should be connected to the Cornell network and you should be able to get to every online resource without having to log in. 

From Home: CCE staff, working from home, can access networked resources available through Mann Library, but must be logged in via either Sidecar or CUWebAuth. Simply type in your CU NetId and password when prompted to by CU WebLogin.  You may also want to use Passkey when accessing Cornell resources from home (ie, off the Cornell network).

For Non-CCE Staff:


From a CCE Office: For a citizen of New York State, wishing to access networked resources available through Mann library, a CCE Association office can, should it so choose, make available a dedicated terminal (computer) which would reside on the Cornell network. This dedicated terminal would be a part of the Cornell network and as such able to access the full range of resources, with the same access privileges, as any computer on the Cornell network.

Access to restricted resources from this terminal should be reasonable and prudent, and should adhere to all applicable Cornell and CCE policies governing access and use of networked resources. Reasonable and prudent use, in the example of accessing online journals, would be defined as printing up to 5 journal articles, for personal use. An example of unreasonable access would be printing complete journals or multiple issues of journals or re-posting or re-distributing any journal articles.

From Home: A citizen of New York State, who does not have a valid Cornell NetID, cannot access networked resources.

Visiting Mann Library: A citizen of New York State has a full range of access rights and borrowing privileges when physically visiting Mann Library. More information on physical access to Mann Library is available at this web site:

Technical Issues?

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Contact: Remember, Mann Library's reference staff is here to help! Ask us any time you need help.