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CHIN 245: Chinese Vision of the Past

Professor Lei Yang-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.

info_outline Search Catalyst for CDs, DVDs, LPs, and streaming audio and video held by St. Olaf and Carleton.
info_outline Search or browse research and how-to guides curated by your librarians.

A note about Catalyst

Catalyst is a great place to begin your research, as there is usually not one perfect database or journal for everything you will need to research for this assignment.

As you learn more about Catalyst, think of and collect keywords to help you establish how the literature talks about your topic. 

When searching for peer-reviewed journal articles:

Use the bibliography in an article that you find to search for other articles. Sometimes you are able to find survey or review articles that summarize the state of the field at a certain point in time. This will lead you to more articles. 

Film reviews and book reviews:

When searching Catalyst for film and book reviews, simply type the title of the film or book into the "everything" search, and enclose it with quotation marks. On the results page, you will see a facet called "reviews." Click on that facet to find the reviews.


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Books and more from other libraries

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

About Worldcat:

Worldcat allows you to search for books and films not owned by Carleton and St. Olaf. Be aware that when ordering books from other libraries, there is usually a turn around of more than just a couple of days. Please place your request well in advance.

You can use the link above called "request via ILL" to log in to the ILL system or set up a free ILL account. Please see your librarian for more information.