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Dance 290: Dance Forms of Africa

research help for Dance Forms of Africa

Research and Instruction Librarian for Music & Fine Arts

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

Materials at Carleton

St. Olaf and Carleton both list their materials in Catalyst, so sometimes you might find something you want that's over at Carleton.  Never fear -- you do not need to go to Carleton to get it.  You can ask Carleton to send it to St. Olaf. The libraries send material back and forth every day, M-F, so it won't take long.


Step 1. Be sure you're logged in.  Look for a yellow bar with the sign-in invitation.

image of the library's sign-in invitation

Once you're signed in, your name should appear in the upper right corner of the webpage.


Step 2. In the record for the item, there should be a "Request for Library Pickup" link. (If there's no link, the item is not eligible to be sent out. That's mostly for reference books.) Click the link!

image of the "request for library pickup" link


Step 3. Tell us where you want to pick it up, Rolvaag or the Music Library. Then hit "Send Request."

image of the pick-up location drop down menu


Step 4. You'll receive an email when the item has arrived. Go to the circulation desk and ask for it!

Resource Sharing in the Databases

You'll mostly use Resource Sharing when you find materials somewhere other than Catalyst. You might, for example, find something in a research database that you want to read.


Step 1. If the material isn't available in fulltext in the database itself, look for the Find It button and click it. This will search in Catalyst to make sure we don't have access to it somewhere else.

image of the Find It button


Step 2. If we do have access to the material, you'll be routed to the catalog record for the item, with all the information for how to access it. For example, the item below is in a journal that we have both in print and online.

image of the availability information in a catalog record


Step 3. If we really don't have access to the material, there will be a section in the record called "Get it from other libraries." This will list options for borrowing the item from another library via Resource Sharing. You must be signed into Catalyst to see the borrowing options; click the sign-in link if necessary.

Screenshot of the Catalyst option for requesting an article scan. Under the heading "Get it from other libraries," there is an icon of an envelope and a clickable button that says "Get it."



Step 4. Most of the form will be filled out automatically.  Make sure the details are correct and fill in any empty fields.  Then hit "send request." 

image of the send request button


Step 5. Journal articles and book chapters will be scanned.  You'll receive an email with a link where you can download the scan.  Physical items will be delivered to your library of choice. You'll receive an email when the item is ready at the circulation desk for you to pick up.

Requesting Materials Not in the Databases

As you do your research, you might find a citation for an article or book you would really like to see. For example, you might find the perfect resource listed in the bibliography of an article you already found. Here's how to get that item; be sure to have all the citation information handy before you begin.


Step 1. Look for the item in Catalyst, just to be sure we don't already have it.


Step 2. If the Catalyst results do not include the item, click the link to "expand your search" beyond the St. Olaf libraries. This tells Catalyst to check partner libraries for the item.

Screenshot of the Catalyst link to expand your search. It says "Click here to expand your search beyond the St. Olaf and Carleton libraries."


Step 3. The item should now appear in the Catalyst results. Click into the record you want and look for the "Get it from other libraries" section to see options for requesting the item through Resource Sharing. You must be signed into Catalyst to see these options.


Step 4. Once you select a borrowing option, a Resource Sharing form will appear. Make sure the information is correct and submit the form. You'll get an email when the material is ready.


Step 5. If the item does not show up in the expanded results list, you may fill out a Resource Sharing request manually.  Make sure you fill out as much detail as possible (author, title, page numbers, dates, publishers, etc.) so that the librarians can find the best match.