*Argument & Inquiry Seminars

Building context and doing research during your first term on campus.

Reading in College

Other Guides

Librarians often make research guides for individual courses where the professor has asked for library assistance. If you don't see your course on this list, stop by the Research/IT desk for help with research from other courses.


Get Started: Google

All searching works better if you use the terms that the authors are using, so:

  • take notes about related words and concepts
  • use those in future searches on Google and in other places.

Using what you find:

  • Remember to evaluate your sources to see if they are worthy of your attention! See "Evaluating What You Find Online" above.
  • Found articles but can't get to the full text? There's a tab for that above!

Get Started: Reference Sources

The best results are those that give you clues about where you might look next (other entries, similar names, and especially "further reading").

Remember to keep notes about useful words and related concepts that you can use in future searches.

Search using just a few important words at a time for best results.

Get Started: Books and Articles

Looking for books and articles from the library? Search Catalyst!

If you see results that are on or even close to your topic, look at the facets on the left-hand side for more options for refining your search.

Search using just a few important words at a time for best results.


For resources from Carleton and St. Olaf

Advanced Search | Help

Research/IT Desk

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When Carleton librarians are not available, librarians from other institutions will be available to help you 24/7.

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