Coming soon! Virtual browse

There is a update to the Catalyst interface that will be coming soon, and it has some features that we’re really excited about.  One of those features is the Virtual Browse, which lets you browse through books that would be shelved near the book that you’re looking at.  This is especially cool since our collection shows you books from multiple libraries.  Because our books are arranged by call number, books that are shelved near each other will have similar topics.  This is why we often encourage our patrons to browse the shelves around books that are of interest. The virtual browse takes this one step further: it will allow you to browse titles of books with similar call numbers regardless of which library they’re housed at.

For instance, let’s say I’m interested in bird watching.  I can do a search in Catalyst for birds and find a book that looks good:

[visual description: screen shot of the Catalyst record for the book "Birds of the World" with the location of St. Olaf Science Library highlighted.]
[visual description: screen shot of the Catalyst record for the book “Birds of the World” with the location of St. Olaf Science Library highlighted.]
If I want to see other books that would be shelved near that oen, I can scroll to the bottom of the record to the virtual browse:

[visual description: screenshot of the Catalyst virtual browse showing 6 books. The location of three of the books is highlighted: Carleton, Carleton & St. Olaf, and St. Olaf]
[visual description: screenshot of the Catalyst virtual browse showing 6 books. The location of three of the books is highlighted: Carleton, Carleton & St. Olaf, and St. Olaf]

Download our Catalyst brochure

Our Catalyst brochure is available as a pdf download.  It explains the top 5 things to know about Catalyst:

  1. Using filters to target in on the best results.
  2. The difference between an “Everything” and a “Local” search.  NOTE: “Local” was recently renamed “Carl/Ole Catalog”
  3. Signing in to your account
  4. Changes that we’re expecting in the coming months as the system continues to improve
  5. Ask Us! If you have any questions or concerns!
[visual description: brochure introducing Catalyst and listing 5 things to know about it: Filters; Everything vs. Local; Your Account; Changes; and Ask Us for help.]
Click on the image to download a pdf version of this brochure. [visual description: brochure introducing Catalyst and listing 5 things to know about it: Filters; Everything vs. Local; Your Account; Changes; and Ask Us for help.]

How to: Get to the full text of an article

When following a “Find It” or “Full Text” link from an external database (like one from EBSCO or from Google Scholar), you will be taken to a Catalyst record for the article.

The link to follow to correctly resolve to full text is the link that will mention the name of the database, like this one:

full-text-link
[visual description: screen shot of Catalyst screen for online access to an article. A red arrow points to the link for full text, which says “Full text available from Elsevier SD Freedom Collection”]

RESOLVED: Problem with “Sign in for Request Options”

When following a “Find It” or “Full Text” link from an external database (like one from EBSCO or from Google Scholar), you will be taken to a Catalyst record for the article. The link to follow to correctly resolve to full text is the link that will mention the name of the database, like this one:

full-text-link

If you click on the “Sign In” link in the yellow box that says “Sign in for Request Options,” you are redirected to the wrong page (it will look like a web page from the 1990s with old styling).

online-access

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This is a known issue and we are working hard to fix it, but in the meantime, simply follow the “Full text available from _____” link to get to the full text of the article.

Zotero Bookmarklet Not Working with Catalyst

We are aware that the Zotero bookmarklet is not properly saving records with complete metadata from Catalyst into Zotero libraries. Instead, the records come in blank and labeled as Catalyst. Until we are able to fix this issue, the workaround is to use the “Export RIS (Zotero/EndNote)” button for the record, and either open the record directly into Zotero (or another bibliographic app like EndNote or Mendeley) or save the record and then import it into the program while you have it open. One of the librarians can show you how to do this.

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Workarounds:

  • You may manually input records into Zotero.
  • Use Worldcat to input the metadata from their site using the Zotero bookmarklet.

Filter Scroll Not Working Properly in Chrome

We have many reports that the filters (the categories on the left-hand side of the screen that let you narrow your search) are not scrolling properly. As you scroll down through them, the filters start to overlap and are impossible to read. This is a known issue for Chrome and possibly Safari, but is not reported for Firefox. We have reported this problem to the software provider behind Catalyst (ExLibris). In the meantime, we recommend using Firefox to avoid this issue.

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New interface for Catalyst for the new academic year!

If you’ve been using Catalyst, the libraries’ catalog this summer, you’ll have noticed that the interface changed dramatically mid-August.  The new interface should be easier to use, more intuitive, and work well on mobile-devices.

With that interface upgrade, we’ve revised our

Top 5 things to know about Catalyst…

5. Use filters on the results screen to target in on the best results

Let’s say you’re interested in scholarly articles about birds.  One of the quickest ways to do that is to simply search for the word “birds.”

[screen shot of the Catalyst search box from the libraries' website with a search for the word "birds".]
[screen shot of the Catalyst search box from the libraries’ website with a search for the word “birds”.]
This gives us more than 17,000 results that include books, articles, films, and more.  The filters along the left-hand side of the results page let you narrow down the results.  For instance, clicking on “Scholarly Articles” will show you only the 1500 scholarly articles in the results.  If you click the small red checkmark with the slash through it, that will instead exclude the scholarly articles from your results.  You can click on multiple filters to further refine your results.

[screen shot of Catalyst result screen with "Scholarly Articles" highlighted.]
[screen shot of Catalyst result screen with “Scholarly Articles” highlighted.]

4. Local Catalog vs Everything vs Course Reserves…

Just as before, the new interface lets you choose at the beginning of your search which set of materials you want to search.

  • Everything: includes articles, books, movies, images, and more.  This gives you the broadest search with the most results.
  • Local Catalog: records of items in the Carleton and St. Olaf libraries. Close to a traditional library catalog, it includes the items the libraries have selected for the collection: books, e-books, movies, journal titles, and government documents.  It will not find articles or other content from databases that we subscribe to.
  • Course Reserves: exactly what you’d think! Use this to search for course materials that faculty have put on reserve for a specific course.
    Carleton e-Reserves note! At Carleton and looking for e-Reserves? Click here to get to our e-Reserves, or use the Reserves tab on our website.

Read more about the differences between Everything and Local Catalog.


3. Log in to renew books, see your account, and request books from the other library

In the upper right corner of the Catalyst screen, you should see the word Guest (if you see your name, you’re already logged in!).

[screen shot of upper right corner that says "Guest"]
[screen shot of upper right corner that says “Guest”]
If you hold your cursor over the word “Guest” the words will change, and you can click on “Sign In” to log in to the system using your Carleton or St. Olaf username and password.  Now you should see your name where it used to say “Guest.”  You can hover there again and click on “My Library Account”.  This will show you what you have checked out (so you can renew), what you’ve requested, and any messages or fines on your account.

[screen shot of Catalyst that shows the "Sign in" option that appears when you hover over "Guest"]
[screen shot of Catalyst that shows the “My Library Account” and “Sign in” options that appears when you hover over “Guest”]
Once you’re logged in, you can also requests books from the other Bridge libraries.  Click the title of the item you want to request and scroll to the “Physical Copies” section.  Click “Request” and enter your preferences about where you want to pick it up.

[screen shot from Catalyst after you click the title of an item. "Request" is highlighted.]
[screen shot from Catalyst after you click the title of an item. “Request” is highlighted.]

2. The interface will continue to change

We are continuing to make improvements to the interface, and the vendor is upgrading the system as well, so you can expect the interface to change a bit.  In particular, watch for a new logo for Catalyst, and possibly a new color scheme.


1. We are here to help!

 The Carleton and St. Olaf library staff are here to help you.  If you have any questions or run in to any problems at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us (Carleton/St. Olaf or use the form on the right side of this page).
At the top of every Catalyst page is “Need Help?”, which will take you to this blog, where we’re collecting helpful information and tutorials about the system.  At the bottom of every Catalyst page, there is a “Chat with us” button that will get you in touch with one of our librarians if you have specific questions.
[screen shot of Catalyst with "Need help" and "Chat with us" highlighted]
[screen shot of Catalyst with “Need help?” and “Chat with us” highlighted]

How to: Find materials at your library

  1. Start by clicking on “Local Catalog” to search for books, dvds, journal titles, and other items at the library.
  2. Enter your search terms
    [Screen shot of the Catalyst search form with "Local Catalog" selected]
    [Screen shot of the Catalyst search form with “Local Catalog” selected]
  3. From the results screen, click “Library” along the left side of the screen to choose your preferred library.
    [screen shot of Catalyst filter to narrow results to those at a particular library]
    [screen shot of Catalyst filter to narrow results to those at a particular library]