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Using the Law Library 101: How to Perform a Search Using the University Library Catalog

Basic Search

There are two ways to search the university library catalog: Basic Search and Advanced Search. Basic Search works better when you have some basic information about the item, such as the book or journal title, author name or even the call number.

Before you start your search, you can limit your search results by using thw "Limit your search" column. You can limit your search by language, format, collection location, place of publication and publication status.

The search limits you set will remain effective throughout the whole search process until you click the "Start over" button on the catalog search page.

Advanced Search

Advanced Search will be more effective when you have little or no specific information on the item. You can search multiple fields at the same time.

Expanding your Search

Didn't find what you are looking for? If you are not finding an item in the Library Catalog, or want to expand your search to include articles or items available from non-Cornell libraries you can use the "Looking for more" links in the top left of the Library Catalog. The results at Libraries Worldwide will run your search in the WorldCat Catalog where you can locate and request items for delivery via Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Loan. The articles link will run your search in our general article search powered by Summon.

Texting a Call Number

A link to text the call number to your mobile device is available next to the call number of each item on an individual record.

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