Subject Headings

To increase the relevance of search results, limit search terms to library subject headings or subject words. Here are some examples:

  • Birth control
  • College students > Sexual behavior > United States
  • Courtship
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • Divorce > United States > History >
  • Interpersonal attraction
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Intimacy (Psychology)
  • Love > Social aspects
  • Love in mass media
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Marriage > United States > History > Econometric models
  • Mate selection
  • Online dating
  • Pornography > Social aspects > United States
  • Pornography in popular culture
  • Sex
  • Sex (Psychology)
  • Sex > Computer network resources
  • Sex in popular culture > United States
  • Sexual behavior surveys > United States
  • Sexual ethics
  • United States > Moral conditions > History > 21st century
  • Unmarried couples > United States > Cross-cultural studies
  • Unmarried couples > United States > Econometric models
  • Unmarried couples > United States > Interviews
  • Unmarried mothers > Economic aspects >
  • Unmarried mothers > Social aspects > United States > Statistics
  • Women college students > United States > Social life and customs
  • Youth > Sexual behavior > United States

Finding Books

Use the Cornell Library catalog to search for and find books. 

See below for tips on constructing a search. And the subject terms on the left column can help in your searching.

Library Website

Terms entered into the single search box on the Cornell University Library website yield a wide variety of resources including cataloged materials, articles, database names, online journals, and library websites, and repositories.  To focus your search on finding print or online books or journal titles click on the ‘Catalog’ link on the homepage.

Library "New" Catalog

This catalog contains the holdings of 19 Cornell University libraries (over 7 million items) including records for books, DVDs/videos, sound recordings, magazines/newspapers/journals, computer files, government documents, manuscripts and archives, maps, musical scores, and more.

You can refine your search with the "Limit you search' facets on the left.  The drop-down menu to the right of the search box allows you to change what field you are searching. (Author, Title, Keyword, Subject.)

Advanced Search

There is an advanced search available from the catalog page.

The advanced search allows for more precision. Use Search Tips to make your searches more effective. 

Beyond Cornell

To search the holdings of libraries beyond Cornell in the Worldcat Local database and click on Results at “libraries worldwide”  on the left of the results page.


Find sources in the stacks

Library of Congress Classification

Books are arranged on the shelf according to a classification system, created by the Library of Congress, that organizes them together by topic.

Olin Library's stack guide helps you locate the floor that contains the classification provided in the catalog for books and journals. Be sure to note information on "oversize" items on the right side of the guide.