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Cornell Resources & Reference Services

Students in the MPS Program in New York City have access to a wide range of reference services and resources for research.

Cornell Resources

Founded in 1946 with the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, the Martin P. Catherwood Library holds exceptional collections of materials in:

  • Collective bargaining
  • Human resource management
  • International and comparative industrial relations
  • Labor economics
  • Labor history and contemporary unions
  • Legal aspects of the employment relationship

Catherwood Library’s collection of over 200,000 books, journals, pamphlets and related materials is complemented by extensive access to electronic resources from around the world and supports education and research in nearly every aspect of the workplace.

Staff members are continuously developing innovative products and services to bring information to the desktop, making it easier than ever to conduct a virtual visit to the collection in Ithaca.

Catherwood Library's website is quickly becoming the leading site on the topic of the employment relationship. The site offers a variety of useful services, including an online catalog of materials, exhibitions of historical documentation, distribution of selected government documents (some of them exclusively from this site), and links to relevant Internet sites.

In addition to the resources found at the Catherwood Library, MPS students have access to Cornell Unviersity Library’s E-Reference Collection. The E-Reference Collection provides access to catalogs and periodical indexes, such as Biosis, Historical Abstracts, Nexis/Lexis and Proquest. In addition, the e-Reference Collection offers access to electronic reference sources such as almanacs, encyclopedias and directories.

Catherwood Library also offers reference assistance, as well as a document delivery system for holdings that are not available from New York City-area sites, ensuring that MPS students enjoy equal access to Cornell’s vast resources.

New York City Resources

In addition to Cornell's many resources, MPS students have use of a number of local research libraries:

As students in a New York City-based degree program, MPS students can become members of the New York Public Library system, without having to meet the usual requirement of being a New York City resident. The Humanities and Social Sciences Research Library is located at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, just eight blocks from the MPS Program offices. The Science, Industry and Business Research Library is located on 34th Street, directly across the street from the program offices.

Cornell University is also a member of the Research Libraries Group (RLG), a network of over 160 universities, national libraries, archives, historical societies, and other institutions, including Columbia, New York University, and Rutgers, that allows members of affiliated universities reading privileges at all member institutions.

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