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Music 235: Music in Christian Worship

Catalyst: Books, scores, recordings

Want to find materials in specific formats?  There are several ways to tell Catalyst what kind of material you want.

Use the buttons on the top: Make sure you are in the "Advanced Search" module of Catalyst. You can get there by clicking the "Advanced Search" button on the library's homepage. The "Audio/Visual" button along the top tells Catalyst you wants recordings. The "Books" button will search for both books and scores. 


Use the Material Type menu: Make sure you are in the "Advanced Search" module of Catalyst. You can get there by clicking the "Advanced Search" button on the library's homepage. On the right is a section headed "Material Type." Click the dropdown menu to select the format you want. You can limit your search to scores, film/visual recordings, or sound recordings. This side menu will default to electronic recordings and videos; if you are looking for physical formats like CDs, use the top buttons instead.


A few more tips:

  • Once you are in your results list, use the menu on the left to filter out whether you want physical materials or online materials.
  • While Catalyst can be a good place to start your research, not all our online library resources will show up in your results, so be sure to check out the individual databases, too!
  • Materials at Carleton may be requested directly from Catalyst and are delivered twice a day Monday through Friday! 

Finding eBooks in Catalyst

Alt text - Finding eBooks in Catalyst

Title Slide: Finding e-Books in Catalyst

[Image: St Olaf Libraries & IT Logo]

Slide 1: So you want to find and read e-books from the comfort of your own home… Good news: you can!

Follow along to learn how to access and use eBooks via Catalyst!

Slide 2: First, navigate to the St Olaf Libraries homepage.

Slide 3: In the homepage, click the “Books” button to search for books, e-books and scores.

[Image: The St Olaf Libraries homepage features a large search bar. Above it are six tabs, which are, from left to right: Catalyst, Books, Articles, Audio/Video, Reserves, and Guides. In our particular example, we'll want to click the "Books" tab to only search for e-books, and then type in our search terms (the example used in this slideshow is "atonal music".]

Slide 4: When you get to the search results, use the left sidebar to filter results to just online resources.

[Image: When you search in Catalyst, you'll encounter a search result page with a left sidebar entitled, “Refine My Results.” Under the title is a number of categories, including a “Show Only” category, which contains two options: “Physical Resources” and “Online Resources”. To only see e-books, you'll want to click "Online Resources". The page will auto-reload when specifying this.]

Slide 5: (Note: Some results will list call numbers as well. This happens if they are available both as an e-book and as a physical item in the stacks.)

Slide 6: Now that you’re only looking at e-books, click on the item of your choice.

[Image: Our particular example is an e-book titled “The Structure of Atonal Music”, which is available via online access, from St Olaf’s music library, and Carleton’s library. You can click the title of this book to view the item record.]

Slide 7: Below the initial item information is the section labeled “Online Access”. Click the link provided to view the item!

[Image: Under the initial item information (title, author, publisher info, etc.) is a “Send to” section (print, email, etc.), followed by an “Online Access” section. Under the "Online Access" section name is text stating “Online Access at these sites:”, followed by links to databases and websites from which the e-book is viewable. This particular item is accessible via JSTOR. The name of the database (in this case, JSTOR) is hyperlinked.]

Slide 8: Login with your St. Olaf credentials!

Slide 9: You should now see the e-book. Click the chapter you want to read!

[Image: Note: Each online database looks a little different, but they should have some kind of table of contents list that you can use to navigate the e-book! This particular JSTOR example has initial book information (cover image, title, publisher information etc.), followed by an interactive Table of Contents section, which you can click to navigate the contents of the e-book. Depending on the database and item, you might also be able to download a chapter as a PDF!]

Slide 10: You’re all set! Happy reading!

Slide 11: Questions? Chat with a librarian at!