The libraries will be closed November 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

CHANGE NOTICE: The Anoka-Ramsey Community College libraries are changing the current system for notifying patrons of overdue materials and lost items. Instead of sending printed notifications through the postal service, we will now be sending electronic overdue notifications via college email. Please contact Candice Young @ 763-433-1125 with any questions.

  • 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.

    OCTOBER 2017

    E-BOOKS – in MnPALS Plus and EBSCO
    Encyclopedia of Stateless Nations: Ethnic and National Groups Around the World, 2nd Edition
    From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
    The Gun Debate : An Encyclopedia of Gun Control & Gun Rights in the United States
    Learning PHP : A Gentle Introduction to the Web's Most Popular Language
    Mental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being
    The Online World of Surrogacy
    Supporting Families and Carers : A Nursing Perspective
    Surveillance in America: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and the Law
    Virtual Competition

    Title list -
    Searchable via the JSTOR link on the libraries’ website

    Children’s Book Art: Techniques and Media
    --“resource examining the works of 65 artists' materials and process for the making of illustrations using primary sources held in the Kerlan Collection of the U of M’s Archives and Special Collections”
    --posted in September 2017

    Small Business Development Center Network
    --“aims to assist both new and existing small business owners and community development agencies with financial, market, and demographic research customized to industry and geographic locations”
    --new reports are added monthly
    --includes snapshots of multiple types of small businesses

    Beyond Caravaggio
    Create Perfect Paintings: An Artist’s Guide to Visual Thinking
    Renaissance & Reformation: German Art in the Age of Durer and Cranach
    Scorched Earth: 100 Years of Southern African Potteries
    Travels with Frank Lloyd Wright

    Principles of Economics (donation)

    ACT Prep Plus 2018
    Peterson’s Guide to Two-Year Colleges 2018

    Population Geography: Tools and Issues

    Renaissance & Reformation: German Art in the Age of Durer and Cranach

    Critical Perspectives in Food Studies
    Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook
    Healing Begins in the Kitchen
    Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives (donation)
    Suicide Squeeze: Taylor Hooton, Rob Garibaldi, and the Fight against Teenage Steroid Abuse

    Bounds of their Habitations: Race and Religion in American History
    The Making of England: A New History of the Anglo-Saxon World
    The Oxford Handbook of American Indian History

    Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights

    The Best American Short Stories 2017
    The Collector of Bodies: Concern for Syria and the Middle East, by Diane Glancy (former ARCC Visiting Writer)
    Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media: Poems, by Heid E. Erdrich (former ARCC Visiting Writer)
    The Grapes of Wrath & Other Writings, 1936-1941: The Long Valley, The Log from the Sea of Cortez, and the Harvest Gypsies
    The Supernatural Revamped: From Timeworn Legends to 21st Century Chic
    Understanding Susan Sontag

    Globalization, Gender Politics, and the Media: From the West to Latin America
    Terrorizing the Masses: Identity, Mass Shootings, and the Media Construction of “Terror”

    At Wit’s End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer’s for Families and Clinicians

    The United States and Cuba: From Closest Enemies to Distant Friends

    Exploring Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Well-Being
    Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
    Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook

    Muslims and the Making of America

    Energy Efficiency: Performance, Improvement Strategies, and Future Directions
    Faster, Smarter, Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility
    Toxic Cocktail: How Chemical Pollution is Poisoning Our Brains

    Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race in America
    S=EX²: The Science of Sex

    The Best American Short Plays, 2015-2016

    Women in Mexican Politics: A Study of Representation in a Renewed Federal and Democratic State

    It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer’s Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences
    A Writer’s Reference, 9th Edition, by Diana Hacker


    E-BOOKS – in MnPALS Plus and EBSCO
    Almanac Of American Politics
    Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World
    Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
    Global Sustainable Communities Handbook: Green Design Technologies and Economics
    Social Media Revolution: An Economic Encyclopedia of Friending, Following, Texting, and Connecting
    Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response
    Supporting College and University Students With Invisible Disabilities: A Guide for Faculty and Staff
    LGBTQ Literature
    Four Great Restoration Comedies
    Masterplots II: African American Literature
    Craniosacral Therapy for Children: Treatments for Expecting Mothers, Babies, and Children
    New Directions in The Ethics Of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
    No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness.
    Sex, Shame, and Violence: A Revolutionary Practice of Public Storytelling in Poor Communities
    Art as an Early Intervention Tool for Children With Autism
    Photoshop CC and Lightroom: A Photographer's Handbook
    Self-Publishing and Collection Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Libraries

    We Shall Remain: America through Native Eyes (3 DVD set)
    GTFO (DVD)
    1776 (DVD - Replacement)

    The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology (donation)
    Encyclopedia of Sociology 5-vol. set (donation)
    Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota
    Peterson's Guide to Four-Year Colleges 2017 
    Poisons and Antidotes
    PDR for Herbal Medicines

    Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
    Redistributing Happiness: How Social Policies Shape Life Satisfaction
    Developmental Methodology
    Developmental Trajectories of Children's Adjustment Across the Transition to Siblinghood
    Religious Freedom in America: Constitutional Roots and Contemporary Challenges

    God’s Armies: Crusade and Jihad: Origins, History, Aftermath
    Thunder Before the Storm: The Autobiography of Clyde Bellecourt
    Dream a World Anew: The African American Experience and the Shaping of America
    Between the World and Me
    Obama: The Historic Presidency of Barack Obama
    100 Years in the St. Paul Pioneer Press (donation)
    Management Plan for the Rum River (donation)

    Geography, Anthropology, Recreation
    Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on the People Who Play Them

    Social Sciences
    US Labor Market: Questions and Challenges for Public Policy
    Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
    Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
    Capital and the Common Good: How Innovative Finance is Tackling the World’s Most Urgent Problems
    Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
    Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives
    Queer: A Graphic History
    Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults
    Future of Crime and Punishment: Smart Policies for Reducing Crime and Saving Money

    Political Science & Law
    Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America
    The Legal Environment of Business (donation)
    Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution
    Diminishing the Bill of Rights: Barron V Baltimore and the Foundations of American Liberty
    Rise and Fall of the Voting Rights Act

    Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice

    Co-Art: Artists On Creative Collaboration

    Language and Literature
    The Girl Who Drank the Moon
    Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas About Race
    What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves
    Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction
    Reading Style: A Life in Sentences
    Immersion: A Writer’s Guide to Going Deep
    Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman
    Harry Potter Series
    Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read them
    Light of the World: A Memoir
    The Dew Breaker (donation)
    Collected Poems: 1974-2004
    Orphan Train (donation)
    Sacred Wilderness
    Underground Railroad: A Novel
    What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky
    Perma Red
    May Day: Poems
    Ordinary Light: A Memoir

    Science and Math
    Inventing the Mathematician: Gender, Race, and Our Cultural Understanding of Mathematics
    Hidden Figures
    Single Variable Calculus (donation)
    Single Variable Calculus—Student Solutions Manual (donation)
    Dangerous Years: Climate Change, The Long Emergency, and the Way Forward
    Roadside Geology of Minnesota
    The Ends of the World (donation)
    Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
    Lab Girl
    Why Birds Matter: Avian Ecological Function and Ecosystem Services
    How Animals Think and Feel: An Introduction to Non-Human Psychology
    Ebola: How a People’s Science Helped End an Epidemic
    Viruses: More Friends Than Foes

    Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age
    Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers
    Dying and Living in the Neighborhood: A Street-Level View of America’s Healthcare Promise
    Bilingual Health Communication: Working With Interpreters in Cross-Cultural Care
    Global Health Care: Issues and Policies
    Food Forensics: The Hidden Toxins Lurking in Your Food and How You Can Avoid Them for Lifelong Health
    On the Trail of Ebola: My Life As a Virus Hunter
    Mental Health Disorders Sourcebook
    Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses & Healthcare Professionals
    Love, Fear, and Health: How Our Attachments to Others Shape Health and Health Care
    Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Old Boy With Autism
    Schooled On Fat: What Teens Tell Us About Gender, Body Image, and Obesity
    Understanding Fibromyalgia: An Introduction for Patients and Caregivers
    Hurt: The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care
    Autism & Pervasive Developmental Disorders Sourcebook
    Code of Ethics for Nurses With Interpretive Statements

    Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech

    Information Science
    Finding Reliable Information Online: Adventures of an Information Sleuth



Supplementary Information

  • Coon Rapids Campus 763-433-1150

    Faculty Librarians


    MLIS, MEd, BA University of Hawaii
    Instruction, Reference, Systems
    Student Workers
    Office L216 | 763-433-1552


    MS, Drexel University
    BA, Franklin and Marshall College
    Instruction, Reference
    Acquisitions, Periodicals
    Office L217 | 763-433-1197


    MLIS, St. Catherine University
    BA, Mount Mary College
    Instruction, Reference
    Information Literacy
    Office L214B | 763-433-1466

    Library Staff


    MLIS, St. Catherine University
    BA, University of Minnesota
    AA, North Hennepin Community College
    Circulation, Reserve
    Interlibrary Loan, Cataloging
    Office L209 | 763-433-1125

  • Cambridge Campus 763-433-1950

    Faculty Librarian


    MLIS, Dominican University
    BA, St. Catherine University
    Instruction, Reference
    Acquisitions, Cataloging

    Office D116 | 763-433-1358

    Library Staff


    BA, University of Minnesota
    Circulation, Reserve, ILL
    Office D117 | 763-433-1875

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