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, databases 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.’

Screenshot of the library homepage, showing a search bar and highlighting the catalog search option.

Library "New" Catalog

This catalog contains the holdings of 19 Cornell University libraries (over 7 million items) including records for books, DVD's/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 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.

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 the information on "oversize" items on the right side of the guide.