Subject Headings

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

  • Academic achievement >United States
  • Affirmative action programs in education
  • Affirmative action programs >United States
  • African American students
  • African Americans >Education >Social aspects
  • Classroom environment
  • Discrimination in education
  • Dropout behavior, Prediction of
  • Educational equalization
  • Educational sociology>United States.
  • Hispanic Americans >Education >Social aspects.
  • Minorities >Education >United States
  • Progressive education >United States
  • Racism in education
  • Right to education
  • School choice >Social aspects
  • School environment
  • School integration >United States
  • Sex differences in education
  • Sex discrimination in education
  • Sexism in education >United States
  • Socially handicapped children >Education
  • Technical education>Social aspects
  • Women >Education >United States
  • Working class >Education


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 library homepage.

Library 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 your 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 in. (Author, Title, Keyword, Subject.)

Advanced Search

There is an advanced search available from the catalog page. Use the "Search Tips" to make your search more effective.

The advanced search allows for more precision.

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. For example, HM is sociology; F574 is Detroit history.

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.