Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library

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We know that finding materials, getting various services, or performing functions related to libraries at Cornell may seem confusing and potentially frustrating.

To help you quickly navigate through this maze of options, here are some of our quick How To suggestions.

If you have any questions or need specific help, please contact Reference Services in person, at 607-253-3510, or by e-mail to vetref@cornell.edu.

For concise information of value about the Library, go to:

How to…

  1. Search for materials and resources
  2. Get connected
  3. Get assistance
  4. Obtain materials and resources
  5. Utilize library services
  6. Manage personal information resources


…Search for materials and resources

Find materials held by libraries on the Ithaca-Geneva campuses
Cornell has an integrated Library Catalog covering all of the Ithaca-Geneva campus libraries. This tool provides access to the vast array of print and electronic materials held in all physical and virtual libraries.

Choose either of two versions from the main CU Library Home Page:

Search for materials held in Weill Cornell Medical College Library (New York City)
Currently, the Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) and the Ithaca-Geneva campuses have separate catalogs. Connect to the Tri-Institutional Library Catalog to locate materials held in the Weill Cornell Medical College, Rockefeller University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Libraries.
Use Interlibrary Loan to obtain items from WCMC.

Find colleagues working on similar topics at Cornell
Use VIVO, a research and expertise discovery tool to find people, courses, seminars, core resources, etc. at Cornell from this one extensive and integrated site.

Search the major online databases for the biomedical and veterinary literature
Use Database Names to search PubMed MEDLINE, CAB Abstracts, BIOSIS, Web of Science, and many more online databases. Watch for “Get It! Cornell" links to full-text journal articles.
For guidance in using PubMed MEDLINE, go to PubMed MEDLINE Searching: Veterinary Medicine.  A 3-fold brochure version is also available for printing on 8.5x14 paper.

Conduct IACUC literature searches
See instructions and help for doing searches for Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) research proposals or consult a reference librarian at vetref@cornell.edu or 607-253-3510, who will provide assistance in selecting databases, combining search terms, and formatting the report.

Locate previous M.S. and Ph.D. theses at Cornell
Circulating copies of M.S. and Ph.D. theses for graduate students based at the Veterinary College are shelved under call number SF 610 <year>, <alphabetical by author>, (e.g., SF 610 2007 G673).

Theses by non-veterinary graduate students are available in the library closest to their subject or departmental affiliation. Check the Library Catalog.   A second non-circulating archival copy is held in Rare and Manuscript Collections in Kroch Library.

Some Graduate School theses and dissertations may be publicly available in eCommons, Cornell University Library’s digital repository.

To obtain non-Cornell theses including foreign veterinary theses, submit requests through Interlibrary Loan.

Locate senior seminar papers
Find senior seminar papers from the 1940’s to date in the CU Library Catalog.  Search by author, date, combination, or simply enter “senior seminar” under “Guided Keyword Search” for a complete list in chronological/alphabetical order.

For electronic versions of senior seminar papers and related documents from 2002/2003 go to eCommons, Cornell University Library’s digital repository.
NOTE: Access is available only to Veterinary College faculty, students, and staff.

Find publication styles and instructions for authors
The Reference Collection, located on the main floor and marked with green spine tape, contains many style manuals and writing guides. Also, get customized assistance in formatting bibliographies for publications at Reference Services at vetref@cornell.edu.

See also Chicago Manual of Style Online or go to Citation Management for more information about the Chicago Manual of Style as well as several styles for electronic media and online sources.

Locate historical information about College of Veterinary Medicine
Contact Reference Services at vetref@cornell.edu or go to the Archives of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Additional resources are held in University Archives, Rare and Manuscript Collections in Kroch Library, which can be reached at rareref@cornell.edu

Locate publications by College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and staff
The Library maintains a database of citations to Veterinary College Faculty Publications, including faculty, graduate students, and academic staff.

Coverage dates back to 2000 and includes journal articles, books, book sections, dissertations, conference proceedings, patents, and other published materials. It is updated regularly.

To get lists, search for specific items, or recommend additions and changes, contact Reference Services at vetref@cornell.edu or 607-253-3510.

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…Get connected

Use public computers in the Library
32 library desktop computers (including 2 Macs) are available on a first-come-first-serve basis during open hours.

Borrow one of 28 laptop computers for 4-hour use in and outside library from the Circulation Desk.

Computing equipment is available in all campus libraries. For a complete list see Computing and Equipment.

Locate office software and statistical programs
All 32 library desktop computers (including 2 Macs) and laptop loaners are equipped with MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more. Some also have statistical software, e.g. Statistix.

Get help with specialized computer programs & applications
Get help with MS PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop and other software from Cindy Decloux at 607-253-3505 or cmd56@cornell.edu. Her office is Room S2 167 Veterinary Education Center.

Connect your own laptop computer to Cornell’s wireless network
Connect to the Internet using your own laptop computer from anywhere in the Library, via RedRover, Cornell’s Wi-Fi wireless network service. See CIT’s RedRover page for more information on network cards and their proper configuration.

Print from library public access computers
Charge the cost of black & white and color laser printing to your Net-Print account associated with a Bursar or cash account. Set up a Net-Print account at CIT’s Net-Print page.

Cash printing is also available at 10 cents per page by directing copies to the Circulation Desk printer.

Connect to library resources from off campus
It’s easy to connect to Cornell Library resources from off campus using your NetID and CU WebLogin (Kerberos for Web) for authentication.

Also, consider downloading the PassKey Bookmarklet to facilitate access to licensed resources when off-campus.

Connect to UVIS for CUHA medical records and diagnostic tests
Access the UVIS (Universal Veterinary Information Software) Hospital and Lab records from any of the 32 computers in the Library in order to view medical records and diagnostic tests. To use it, you must have a pre-approved username and password due to the confidential nature of this medical information. See UVIS Information for frequently asked questions, training materials and manuals.

Use CIT Drop Box for moving files between home and office computers
CIT has a service called DropBox that allows members of the Cornell community with a NetID to upload and temporarily store files up to 256 MB on CIT’s servers. Users can then download files from there to a different computer. See DropBox to connect and get further details.

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…Get assistance

Get information -- reference assistance – computer help
Ask for help at the Veterinary Library at any time in-person, by phone at 607-253-3510, or via email at vetref@cornell.edu.

Also, click on Ask a Librarian at any time to access the campus-wide information and support network.

Resolve technical problems accessing electronic resources from off-campus
If you’re having problems connecting from home or off campus, get help at Trouble Connecting. For in-person problems, check at either of the library information desks, call 607 253-3510, or contact Reference Services at vetref@cornell.edu.

Get assistance with a research paper or senior seminar
Contact Reference Services at vetref@cornell.edu or 607-253-3510 for help in selecting topics, conducting searches, locating materials, and writing the manuscript. See also Senior Seminar Help.

Have a librarian come to your office or give a talk to your lab about library resources and services
Request our House Call/Consultation services for holding library consultations, conducting training sessions, and providing other on-site services in your office or lab.

Request a library instruction session for a class
If you are a faculty member, request our Customized DVM Curriculum Services to arrange for a course-related instruction session for your students.

Locate information to comply with the mandated NIH journal article depository
For help in complying with the National Institute of Health mandate, go to NIH Reporting, or access the Public Access Frequently Asked Questions at the National Institutes of Health Public Access.  For further help, send an email to: NIHMANDATE-L@cornell.edu.

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…Obtain materials and resources

Access full-text e-journals, e-books, and other electronic resources
Get access to thousands of online e-journals, e-books, databases, and other digital materials both on and off campus via the Library Catalog.

E-journal Titles displays an alphabetical list with link to full-text articles.

Get items held in other campus libraries by document delivery and library-to-library delivery
Get materials held in other campus libraries delivered free of charge to a library of your choice by going to Delivery on the Cornell Library Borrowing and Delivery page.

Faculty can also have materials delivered directly to their departmental offices. Go to Faculty Office Delivery for details.

In order to request that a book be delivered, use the Library Catalog to find the book’s record, click on Request Item, log in, choose Book Delivery Services, and select the library where you would like to receive it. You will receive an email notice when it has arrived.

Get materials from the Annex Library
In order to request that a book held in the Library Annex be delivered, use the Library Catalog to find the book’s record, click on Request Item, log in, choose Book Delivery Services, and select the library where you would like to receive it. You will receive an email notice when it has arrived.

Excerpts (e.g., articles, chapters, etc.) may be requested and delivered electronically in pdf format at no cost.

Place a request by going to Annex Requests from the CU Library Borrowing & Delivery web page. Sign in and follow the instructions.

Get more information at Document Delivery FAQ.

Get items not held at Cornell (e.g., not in the CU Library Catalog)
Get delivery of materials (journal articles, books, etc.) not listed in the Library Catalog (including items from Weill Cornell Medical College Library) via Interlibrary Loan, a free service for Cornell patrons. To make a request, select Login with your Cornell NetID at the top of the page. You will need to register in for first time use.

When your request is filled or completed, you will receive an email telling you go back into the Interlibrary Loan system and pick up the electronic pdf of the journal article or get the bound volume at the library of your choice.

In addition to Interlibrary Loan, you can also use BorrowDirect, a rapid book delivery service to borrow books (monographs) held by major libraries with holdings of over 70 million volumes

Get heavily used veterinary and related texts intended for curriculum support
The Core Resource Collection is an open-shelf, in-library use “reserve” of multiple copies of over 300 frequently used veterinary texts. Additional copies are located on closed reserve at the Circulation Desk and selected volumes are placed in tutor rooms. Core books are listed in the CU Library Catalog.

For additional information consult Core Resource Collection.

Browse new books and current journal issues
Browse for new books on shelves near the Circulation Desk.  You can also set up automatic alerts by going to CUL New Books.

Browse the latest (current) veterinary journal issues and newspapers as they are received and placed in the lounge area in the back of the Library. You can also set up automatic Table of Contents (TOC) Alerts.

To submit suggestions for purchases of new books, journals and other materials not held in campus libraries, go to the Purchase Recommendation Form or contact Reference Services at 607-253-3510 or vetref@cornell.edu.

Obtain and/or view a Senior Seminar Paper
Go to Senior Seminars for full information on how to access them in their various locations.

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…Utilize library services

Access most library services
Find out about a wide variety of services from the CU Library Home Page. Links are also available on the Veterinary Library’s Web site. If you have questions or need help, feel free to stop by the Reference Services desk in person, call 607-253-3510, or email vetref@cornell.edu.

Find out how late the library is open
The Veterinary Library is open about 96 hours per week: Monday through Thursday 7:30am-11pm, Friday 7:30am-8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-11pm. Hours may be extended during exam periods or reduced during breaks.

Go to Hours and Maps to see the hours for all campus libraries or from a link on the CU Library Home Page.

Find quiet, comfortable study spaces
The Veterinary Library has a combination of carrels, open tables, and lounge chairs. Use covered cups only for beverages, please.

Veterinary College students, faculty and staff can read and study in any campus library. Go to Hours and Maps
to see library locations.

Find out what items you have checked out
You can see what items you have checked out in two ways:

In either case, log in with your last name and Cornell ID number. You should then see a list of all items currently charged out to you along with their due date. You can also renew items from this page.

Renew or extend the loan for books currently charged out
Borrow books with call numbers for 6 months; bound journals and audiovisuals for 3 days. Call 607-253-3510 or e-mail vetcirc@cornell.edu with questions.

Renewals of regular books and journals (not course reserves or Interlibrary Loan items) may be made online.

Log in and check the items you would like renewed. Be sure to confirm that the due date has been advanced as any holds or recalls by another patron will prevent renewal. You may also call the Veterinary Library at 607-253-3510 for assistance.

Resolve fine or other circulation-related problems
Contact Circulation Services at vetcirc@cornell.edu or call 607-253-3510 with questions and problems.

Put a recall or hold on items currently charged out to another patron
If an item is charged to another patron, you may recall it immediately via the Cornell Library Catalog. Pull up the record in the catalog, select the Requests tab, log in, choose Recall, and chose the library where you would like to pick it up. Via Borrow Direct, you can also request copies of books held by Cornell but currently charged out.

If you can wait until the current patron returns the item, then follow the procedure for recalls above, but choose Hold. You’ll receive an email when the item is available for your use.

Determine loan periods for different library materials
Circulation times vary by type of material and your status. To find out the details of circulation policies by patron, go to Library Services/Borrowing and Delivery.

Scan documents and illustrations
The Veterinary Library offers three scanning options at no charge:

  1. Use the two color flat-bed scanners at desktop computer stations 13 and 14. (Both computers have PhotoShop and OmniPage software.)
  2. Use the Ricoh scanner in the Photocopy Room and send files to one of the library’s desktop computers. Detailed instructions are posted in the Photocopy Room.
  3. Scan pages directly to a personal flash drive using the photocopier.

Files can be saved to personal flash drives or emailed via MS Outlook.

NOTE: It is important to save scanned files to personal devices or email them to your mailbox because files left on the desktop or in My Documents folders will be erased when the computers reboot each day.

Get a personal or departmental library photocopy debit card
Purchase a personal photocopy debit card from the dispenser in the Photocopy Room. For a departmental card using university funds, consult your administrative manager.

Obtain a separate photocopy debit card for all other campus library copies on site.

Some photocopy debit cards are held at the Circulation desk for student tutorial groups, surgical residents, and other groups.

Photocopy pages are 10 cents for cash and 9 cents by debit card.

Print large-size documents for banners and conference posters
Banners (Veterinary Library)
A printer for making banners and other medium-size prints up to 16-inches wide is available at the Veterinary Library Circulation Desk at $4.00 per linear foot. Ask for assistance or contact vetcirc@cornell.edu

Posters (Mann Library)
Several fast, low-cost plotters are available to everyone at Cornell at Mann Library for making large-size black & white or color posters, either 42- or 60-inches wide, suitable for conference presentations. Go to Plotters on the Man Library web site for details, costs, and instructions.

Borrow a digital camera
Two digital cameras are available for 3-day loan at the Circulation Desk.

Get answers to copyright questions
To determine how you can use copyrighted materials, go to the Copyright Information Center or request help through the Copyright Consulting page.

For suggestions regarding the copyrighting of your own works, go to Copyright Management.

Make purchase recommendations
The Library welcomes recommendations for the purchase of materials and resources. To make a request, do one of the following. Please provide as much detail as possible.

Find a public fax machine
Fax equipment is available at several campus locations, including the Campus Store, Cornell PostMarket in the ILR Research Building, the Engineering Library, and Olin Library. Check Fax Services for details.

Sign up for online journal tables-of-contents
Go to Current Awareness on the CU Library web site to sign up for automatic e-mail based journal tables-of-contents.

Find out what classes and courses are offered by campus libraries
Go to Classes, Workshops, Tutorials to sign up for classes on RefWorks, Dreamweaver, bioinformatics, writing blogs, and other useful topics. Customized sessions in offices and labs may also be scheduled at vetref@cornell.edu or by calling the Library at 607-253-3510.

Set up current awareness update searches
Create automated update requests while searching databases, such as PubMed MEDLINE, BIOSIS, and Web of Science databases, to obtain new citations automatically by email on topics of your ongoing interest.

Consult Reference Services at vetref@cornell.edu.edu or 607-253-3510 for help or to have the Library send you monthly updates.

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…Manage personal information resources

Access RefWorks for managing citations
RefWorks is a free, network-based citation management program that helps you create a personal database of references and automatically formats bibliographies for manuscripts. See the RefWorks Quick Start Guide and the RefWorks Tutorial for help.  You can also view a series of short online RefWorks Webinars.

Use the Write-n-Cite plug-in for MS Word to add footnotes and format bibliographies when writing manuscripts for courses or publication. To download it, log into RefWorks. Under the Tools tab, select Write-N-Cite and follow the directions.

Use RefShare to share your RefWorks citations with others and/or post them on a Web site.

Contact Reference Services in person, at 607-253-4333, or at vetref@cornell.edu for help, or post questions to citemanage-L@cornell.edu.

Compare EndNote, Refworks, and other citation management tools at Comparison of Citation Management Software.

Get information about issues related to scholarly information
See the Scholarly Communications page for information related to scholarly publishing, copyright, and alternative publishing models, such as Open Access.

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition offers an addendum titled “Author Rights: Using the SPARC Author Addendum to secure your rights as the author of a journal article” as well as additional information about authors rights to intellectual property at the SPARC web site.

Deposit important documents and collections in eCommons
Consider storing your digital documents and collections in eCommons, a permanent repository maintained by the Cornell University Library. For advice and instructions, contact the eCommons Administrator.   Register for an eCommons account at the Registration Page.

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