Catalyst is the joint catalog for Carleton and St. Olaf libraries, an access point for all of the books, periodicals, government documents, and electronic resources available at the two colleges.
Library of Congress Subject Headings are the words and phrases you can use to do a subject search in Catalyst (as opposed to a keyword search, where you may use any words you like). This is helpful because using the language of the catalog helps your searches to be more targeted. For example, the term language acquisition is not a subject heading, the subject heading is instead Psycholinguistics.
When starting out, it is often helpful to do a keyword search on your topic, then examine the subject headings of the results you find relevant. Catalyst displays these subject headings as links and clicking on one of them will automatically conduct a subject search for that particular topic. If you have trouble finding relevant sources using a keyword search, change up your keywords with synonyms or ask a librarian.
Browsing the stacks can help you evaluate the library's collection in a given field of study. The following call number ranges contain works relevant to cognitive studies:
Search WorldCat, an online catalog for libraries throughout the world, to find books that Carleton and St. Olaf don't have. If you find a book through WorldCat that is not at Carleton or St. Olaf libraries, you will need to order the book through InterLibrary Loan.
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