• The catalog, called MnPALS, is a searchable database for books and materials. There are two different interfaces for this database (MnPALS Classic or MnPALS Plus).

    MnPALS Classic with PDF instructions.

    MnPALS Plus

    MnLINK Gateway - Public Libraries & Private Colleges




    ARTSTOR: Art images - ArtStor Quickstart Guide
    BREPOLIS: International Medieval Bibliography--(on-campus use only) Brepolis Guide
    eHRAF: World Cultures eHRAF User Guide
    EBSCO: Academic, Art, Business, CINAHL, PsycArticles, etc. EBSCO Tutorial
    GALE: Academic, Opposing Viewpoints, Science, etc. Gale Tutorials
    GROVE MUSIC ONLINE Grove Music User Tips
    JSTOR: Arts & Sciences and Music Collection JSTOR Tutorial
    ProQuest Newspaper database  ProQuest Help


    Please see a librarian if a year you need is not listed below.

    Annual Review of Medicine (2016 to present)
    Annual Review of Psychology (2015 to present)
    Annual Review of Public Health (2015 to present)
    Journal of Chemical Education (1924 to present)
    Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (2011 to present)
    Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) (1979 to present)
    Journal of Sport Management (on-campus use only) (1987 to present)
    Sociology of Sport Journal (on-campus use only) (1984 to present)
    The Sport Psychologist (on-campus use only) (1987 to present)




  • Search high-quality video and multimedia for academic, vocational and life-skills content. You'll need your library login information.

    Search Films-On-Demand

  • Opposing Viewpoints is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to violent video games. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue and help students develop information literacy, critical thinking skills, and the confidence to draw their own valid conclusions. For more information, see the Opposing Viewpoints Tutorial.

    CQ Researcher provides in-depth analysis on newsworthy social and political issues, including background information, chronologies and pro/con features in its coverage. For more information, see the CQ ResearcherTutorial.



  •  Just getting started with ideas or need ways to develop your topic?

    • Roam the shelves in the library. Books are categorized by the Library of Congress Classification system (LC chart), a subject-based alpha-numeric convention. In the reference section of the library you'll find:
      • Encyclopedias cover the entire range of human knowledge in brief. A search for a basic concept recalls every mention of that concept in the encyclopedia, indicating different contexts for it and some of the fields of study that have explored it.
      • Subject specific encyclopedias cover the knowledge base of a single discipline in brief. A search here can familiarize you with some of the different contexts within which your topic has been discussed in a discipline. Reference materials cannot be checked out of the library, but you are welcome to make photocopies or take notes.
    • Your textbook introduces a topic to non-specialists and generally includes a bibliography of books and articles consulted.

    • Browse topics in a library database:
    • Government Information: Scan by topic to find government information and services on

    Khan Academy (Subject Tutorials) Khan Academy is a 501(3)(c) non-profit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

    What Are Open Textbooks?

    What are Open Textbooks? Click the link below to learn more.

    1) Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources - open texts for community colleges in a variety of subjects

    2) MyOpenMath - self-study sources for students; pre-built courses based on open texts for instructors

    3) OpenStax - peer-reviewed texts for students

    4) University of Minnesota’s textbook library

    5) MnSCU OER Commons - links to texts in Biology, Business, Math, and Psychology

    6) Directory of Open Access Journals - search or browse for free journal articles

    7) Project CORA - Community of Online Research Assignments.  This is an open access resource for faculty and librarians, intended to be a collaborative space for adapting and experimenting with research assignments.

    SUMMER 2017

    University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library – linked from the library’s MnPALS Plus online catalog

    African Online Digital Library
    -- Michigan State University’s Center for Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences and the African Studies Center
    -- multimedia collection of resources from Africa and the US designed to appeal to students of African history, African American studies, the history of religion, and political science

    American Writers Museum
    -- opened in Chicago in May 2017
    -- seeks to “engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives”

    Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

    National Science Foundation Special Reports
    -- may be readily accessed for personal, educational, and non-commercial use

    Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Minorities, Women, and the State in North Africa

    Gothic Revival Architecture
    Historical Dictionary of Renaissance Art
    How Pictures Complete Us: the Beautiful, the Sublime, and the Divine
    Kathe Kollwitz and the Women of War: Femininity, Identity, and Art in Germany During World Wars I and II
    The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture

    Against All Odds: a Novel, by Danielle Steel
    This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, by Gabourey Sidibe

    Computer Concepts 2016
    Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

    Career Achievement: Growing Your Goals
    Career Directions: New Paths to Your Ideal Career
    Careers in Law Enforcement
    Starting Your Career as an Interior Designer

    Migrating Large-Scale Services to the Cloud
    Practical Foundations for Programming Languages

    Independent Stardom: Freelance Women in the Hollywood Studio System

    Kathe Kollwitz and the Women of War: Femininity, Identity, and Art in Germany during World Wars I and II

    The 50 Healthiest Habits and Lifestyle Changes
    Sport Sociology
    Trauma-Sensitive Yoga
    Tweaked: a Crystal Meth Memoir
    Yoga for a Happy Back
    Yoga for Speech-Language Development

    BodyMindCORE Work for the Movement Therapist
    Qigong through the Seasons: How to Stay Healthy All Year with Qigong, Meditation, Diet, and Herbs

    American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman (donation)
    Complete Poetry and Selected Prose, by Walt Whitman (donation)
    The Fathers and Other Fiction, by Allen (donation)
    Le Gothic: Influences and Appropriations in Europe and America
    Gothic Romanticism: Architecture, Politics, and Literary Form
    How to Read African American Literature: Post-Civil Rights Fiction and the Task of Interpretation
    Joyce, Bakhtin, and Popular Literature: Chronicles of Disorder (donation)
    The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them
    Reading Contemporary African American Literature: Black Women’s Popular Fiction, Civil Rights Experience, and the African American Canon
    You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: a Memoir, by Sherman Alexie

    Algebra & Geometry: an Introduction to University Mathematics
    Linear Algebra for Computational Sciences and Engineering
    Mathematics in Everyday Life

    Mind-Body Awareness for Singers: Unleashing Optimal Performance

    5 TEAS Practice Tests
    21 Things You Need to Know About Diabetes and Weight-Loss Surgery
    Bilingual Health Communication: Working with Interpreters in Cross-Cultural Care
    Black LGBT Health in the United States: the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
    Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses & Healthcare Professionals
    Fluids and Electrolytes (Nursing Clinics of North America series)
    Handbook of Cystic Fibrosis
    Nursing Leadership and Management: for Patient Safety and Quality Care
    Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Practice
    Spirituality and Coping with Loss: End of Life Healthcare Practice
    Spirituality in Nursing Practice: the Basics and Beyond

    BodyMindCORE Work for the Movement Therapist

    Gender and Peacebuilding: All Hands Required
    Minnesota Blue Book: Legislative Manual, 2017-18

    Being Transgender: What You Should Know
    The Psychology of Love and Hate in Intimate Relationships
    Social Deviance
    Suicide Information for Teens

    Hinduism in the Modern World
    Introducing Japanese Religion

    EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet
    Landforms of the Earth: an Illustrated Guide
    Numerical Methods and Modelling for Engineering
    Problem-Solving Exercises in Green and Sustainable Chemistry
    Sea Power: the History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans

    The Borders of Race: Patrolling “Multiracial” Identities
    Inside this Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons
    Sport Sociology

    Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Independent Stardom: Freelance Women in the Hollywood Studio System
    Minorities, Women, and the State in North Africa
    Mothers at Work: Who Opts Out?

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