To increase the relevance of search results, limit search terms to library subject headings or subject words. Here are some examples:
Deindustrialization > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > History
Detroit (Mich.) >Economic conditions
Detroit (Mich.) >History >20th century
Detroit Metropolitan Area. (Mich.) >Social conditions >21st century
Detroit Metropolitan Area. (Mich.) >Economic conditions >21st century
Detroit Metropolitan Area. (Mich.) > Race relations >21st century
Detroit (Mich.) > Population
Foreign workers >Michigan >Detroit >History
Low income Housing > Texas > Houston Metropolitan Area
Social classes >Michigan >Detroit >History
Suburban life >Michigan >Detroit Metropolitan Area
Urban renewal >Michigan >Detroit >Citizen participation
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.’
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.)
There is an advanced search available from the catalog page.
The advanced search allows for more precision.
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.