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Finding Books and Articles

For in-depth research, use the tabs above to find sources for your type of topic.

Catalyst

For resources from Carleton and St. Olaf

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WorldCat

Books and more from other libraries.

Request books you find on WorldCat using
the "Request Via Illiad" links

Advanced Search tip:

To search for books by someone, use the Advanced Search and do an AUTHOR search. To search for books about someone, use that person's name (last name first) as a SUBJECT.

Reference Sources

Reference sources are efficient ways to get started with most research questions. They give you an overview of your topic and give you lots and lots of clues about how to move forward with your research.

Look for:

  • Key names and vocabulary associated with your topics
  • Related topics
  • Bibliographies or "further reading
  • Any sense of what is known vs what is controversial.
Search using just a few important words at a time for best results.

Search through hundreds of subject encyclopedias at once.

News Sources

Librarian

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Iris Jastram
Contact:
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Finding Dissertations

While not considered formally published, dissertations can provide a lot of really useful information. They are especially useful as pointing tools, since their literature reviews and bibliographies are usually very rich sources of information.

I also list them separately here because the FindIt button doesn't work well to link you to the full text of dissertations, so if you come across one in a research database it's best to bring the citation information directly to one of these specialized collections of dissertations in order to find the full text.

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