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Film and Media Studies 294: Academic Internship

Research & Writing Tutors

Research and Instruction Librarian for Music & Fine Arts

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Karen Olson
Christiansen Hall of Music 147 (Music Library)
& Rolvaag Library 306


Catalyst is a great place to start looking for background information. Use Catalyst's filtering menu (along the left of your search results) to make the most of your search.  You can mix and match all of the filters to customize your search results.

Use the Material Type filter to limit the kind of resource you want -- for example, you might only want to see newspaper articles.

image of the material type list


Use the Publication Date filter to find materials from a particular date range -- for example, maybe you only want the last ten years of data.  Make sure to click "refine" to tell Catalyst to run the filter

image of the publication date controls


Always check the list of Subjects. This will help you find results that not only include your initial search term, but also the subject term you select.  The number in parentheses indicates how many results include that term. The subjects in the list will vary depending on your initial search term; this list is full of biology terms because the initial search term was "GMO foods."

list of subject headings



Newspaper Databases

Databases aren't just for research papers! You can also use them to access recent news articles as well as gain access to business information.

Here is the complete list of news databases you can access through the Library, including historical news databases not listed above.

Research Databases

Cross-Disciplinary Databases

These databases cover a range of topics and are a great place to start if you want to find research in a variety of disciplines.

Subject-Specific Databases

Click here for a sortable list of all the databases provided by St. Olaf Libraries.  Use the " all subjects" menu at the top to find recommended databases for your research topic.

Screenshot of the menus on the Library's database page. The subject menu is furthest to the left.