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ASST 100: The Cultural Life of Plants in China

Professor Kathleen Ryor - Fall 2020

What is Catalyst?

Catalyst is a simple way to search across the library catalog and nearly a billion articles, videos, reference books and more at once. You can search for articles and books at the same time, across all subjects. 

Start with Catalyst when you are beginning your research, doing interdisciplinary searching, or looking for a specific book or article by title.

The Catalyst search box is front and center on the library homepage.

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Reference Works

Reference sources such as encyclopedias are a great source of background information about a topic, they point you to other scholarly material, and can provide additional keywords to further your research.

Using Catalyst, you can do a simple keyword search for your topic and narrow down your results to "reference entries" on the left hand side, after you have run a search. This will allow you to discover  reference articles by name and the encyclopedias where those can be found.

Databases for Further Research