Frequently asked question: What is the difference between “Everything” and “Local Catalog”?

Question:  What is the difference between the choices of “Everything” and “Local Catalog” when I start my search?

October 17, 2016 update: “Local Catalog” was renamed to “Carl/Ole Catalog” to clarify what was being searched.  This text of this post has been updated to reflect that, but the images have not.

[Screen shot of the Catalyst search box with "Everything" and "Local Catalog" outlined in red.]
[Screen shot of the Catalyst search box with “Everything” and “Local Catalog” outlined in red.]
Answer:

Generally, the “Carl/Ole Catalog” [formerly “local catalog”] searches for works (books, journals) that the Carleton or St. Olaf libraries own. Typically, these are things you’ll find on our library shelves. But to keep you on your toes, the local catalog search also includes some electronic stuff like ebooks and streaming videos.

Searching “Everything” expands your search to include not just stuff on our shelves, but also all the electronic articles and indexes that the library has via subscriptions (e.g. the articles in our JSTOR collection or the citations in our MLA subscription). It’s kind of like searching across almost all the databases the library has access to, all at once.

Finally, you have the option to check a box and search for articles from other libraries, too, but you have to choose this option after you have done your search.

ExpandMyResults
[Screen shot of the Catalyst results page with “Expand My Results. Include articles at other libraries” outlined in red.]
This lets you search not just our subscriptions but articles from lots of journals that we might not even own ourselves. This is obviously the most comprehensive search you can do, but also the way you are most likely to come across articles for which we might not have easy full-text access. It’s still a useful search, but you might need to use interlibrary loan to get the full text of what you find.

You can see an illustration of relationship between the different searches below.

[Illustration of a triangle demonstrating the types of searches you can do through Catalyst. The tip is "Course reserves" which brings back the fewest results. "Local Catalog" includes course reserves and items in our local collections. "Everything searches the local catalog and reserves, as well as articles and chapters from subscriptions. "Include articles from other libraries" includes everything noted above plus articles beyond our subscriptions, this brings back the most results (over 100 million potential results).]
Click to see larger version [Illustration of a triangle demonstrating the types of searches you can do through Catalyst. The tip is “Course reserves” which brings back the fewest results. “Local Catalog” includes course reserves and items in our local collections. “Everything searches the local catalog and reserves, as well as articles and chapters from subscriptions. “Include articles from other libraries” includes everything noted above plus articles beyond our subscriptions, this brings back the most results (over 100 million potential results).]

 

 

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