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FYS 120: The Creative Learning Workshop

Research guide for the Creative Learning Workshop

Research and Instruction Librarian for Music & Fine Arts

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

Searching for Scholarly Articles in Catalyst

1. From the library's homepage, click on the "Advanced Search" option. (Ignore the Articles tab; Advanced Search gives you more control over your results!)

Screenshot of the search interface in Catalyst. The button for "Advanced Search" is marked.

2. In the Advanced Search function, make sure "Articles" is ticked at the top. Then enter your search terms below. Here is a search for articles about American songwriter Carrie Jacobs Bond.

screenshot of the advanced search function of Catalyst. The "articles" button is marked with red. The search terms entered are "Carrie Jacobs Bond" and "parlor song."

3. Catalyst interprets the word "article" loosely, so the results list might include journal articles, book or performance reviews, and dissertations. Tell Catalyst you want only scholarly articles by clicking the "scholarly articles" button in the the "Refine My Results" menu on the left.

A screenshot of the "Refine My Results" menu. The button for "scholarly articles" is marked in red.

4. Most articles are available online.  Click the green "Online Access" button to see it. If you are off campus, you may need to enter your St. Olaf ID for access.

A screen shot of a record for an article available online. The "online access" button is marked in red.

5. Looking for articles from other libraries? Use the Requesting Materials from Other Libraries tab on the left.