Search tips

  • Combine keywords and phrases.
  • Start with just a few terms or a phrase.
  • Add terms to narrow your search.
  • If you find something you like, look for the "Get it! Cornell" link.

Selected library databases

The web?

The web can be great for finding reports from organizations that you won't necessarily find in catalogs or databases. On the other hand, and especially concerning contentious ideas or events, the web can be a minefield of mis/dis/information.

If you want to search the web for journal articles, Google Scholar ( is a better choice since it is drawing from mostly scholarly sources. On campus, you should have access to most of the articles you're seeing on GS, because the library subscribes to many of the journals publishing the articles. Off campus, install Passkey!

Pro tip: Compare search results between Google Scholar and one of the scholarly databases listed here before deciding to search only Google Scholar. Sometimes, it's fine. Other times, you are really missing out!