To renew your items or check on your requests, log in here:  My Library Account 

Update: The Coon Rapids library renovation project is complete! You will find us in L205. Welcome!

**NEW** “Grab and Go” in-person limited service is available at the Coon Rapids (CR) campus library Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This service allows students to pick up items: course reserve materials, books from the CR Library (requested online or retrieved by library staff), and books and DVDs ordered from Interlibrary Loan (ILL). All study rooms, seating areas, library computers, and stacks are off-limits. Heart monitors can be checked out in person at the CR library front desk. Please return heart monitors to the library front desk. Do not place them in the outdoor book drop.

**NEW** “Grab and Go” is also available in Cambridge, where the library is closed but items are available by request, using our online catalog. Item pickup at library entrance is available on Tuesdays and Fridays, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Scroll down to Anoka-Ramsey Library Response to COVID-19 for more information on Grab and Go. Heart monitors can be requested by calling the Cambridge library (763-433-1950) or contacting the Cambridge librarian via email or phone (763-433-1358). Please return books and DVDs to the book drop at the library door, and return heart monitors to the library on Tuesdays/Fridays during item pickup hours.

Please note: most regular circulating items (excluding interlibrary loan and reserve items) that are currently checked out will be due December 11, 2020.  

  • The Coon Rapids and Cambridge campus libraries' physical spaces will remain closed fall semester. However, limited days/times are available for picking up online requests, with reference assistance and instruction continuing to be provided remotely.

    • We are offering "Grab and Go" pickup of physical items. For the Coon Rapids library, you may request physical items online, or stop in at the desk during our open hours (M -Th 9-4) and we will retrieve your items for you. Heart monitors can be checked out at the library front desk.
    • For "Grab and Go" at the Cambridge library, place your request using our online catalogFollow these directions to request physical items for "Grab and Go" pickup. For heart monitor requests, please call the library (763-433-1950) or contact the librarian via phone (763-433-1358) or email. After you receive an email with a loan receipt, you may pick up your item at the library you selected during the request process. Have your student ID card ready to show us when you pick up your item.
    • Individual research, instruction, and database help from library faculty is available via phone, email, or Calendar Bookings. Library Chat is now available!
    • Check out our "Library Video Tutorials" for brief videos on specific library resources.
    • Click the "Free Online Resources" dropdown bar on our homepage for temporary resources available from select publishers.
    • You may continue to request journal articles via our FREE interlibrary loan (ILL) service, and online delivery will continue to your college e-mail address. Contact Candice Young with questions. Physical item requests through ILL are also available again.
    • All items currently checked out (other than heart monitors and reserve items) will be automatically renewed until the end of the fall semester (Dec 11).
    • All physical items can be returned to our book drops.
      • In Coon Rapids, please return them to the outdoor book drop at Entrance #1 (on the north side, opposite the visitors parking lot) or you may return them to the library circulation desk when the library is open.
      • In Cambridge, please return books and DVDs to the book drop at the library door. Heart monitors should be returned Tuesdays/Fridays during item pickup hours.
    • If you have items checked out from non-ARCC libraries through interlibrary loan and need to renew them beyond their current due date, please follow these steps:
      1. Go to
      2. Click the My Library Account button.
      3. Click the StarID login option.
      4. At login prompt, use your StarID and password to log in.
      5. Once logged in, click on the dropdown arrow next to your name.
      6. Click on My Loans. Use the Renew link to renew each item.
      7. Check back in a few days for the lending library's response.
      8. Contact Candice Young or Juliana Boner with questions.
  • Finding Online Journal Articles using EBSCO Databases for Communication Studies, with additional information for concurrent students (14:54 min. running time)
    Requesting Articles Through Interlibrary Loan A brief tutorial of how to request a journal article through interlibrary loan (4:10 min. running time)
    Popular Magazines, Trade Journals and Peer-reviewed Journals A brief explanation of their differences (2:50 min. running time)
    Using Films on Demand 
    Finding videos in Films on Demand (2:33 min. running time)
    Using Kanopy--Part 1: Creating an Account
    Creating a Kanopy account in order to view streaming videos (1:52 min.running time)
    Using Kanopy--Part 2: Searching in Kanopy
    How to find videos in Kanopy; search tips; accessing citations (4:19 min. running time)
    Using the JSTOR Database 
    Using JSTOR, a digital library containing academic journals and primary sources (2:44 min running time)
    Using LearningExpress Library
    Find practice tests and study materials for TEAS, NCLEX, Accuplacer and more in the LearningExpress Library(6:49 min. running time)
    Using Opposing Viewpoints
    How to find information in the Opposing Viewpoint database (4:08 min. running time)
  • Many publishers, institutions, museums, etc., have made their online resources available for free (most only temporarily) to help support students who are suddenly asked to continue their classes remotely due to the COVID-19 virus.  Passwords (when needed) are listed. 

    Name Format Available Through Access Point
    Audible Stories audiobooks  unspecified 
    for children of all ages
    EBSCO OERs and eBooks eBook 
    Scroll to "Faculty can use this link to access now." At searching screen, click Search Options, then scroll to Limit your Results, checking the OER-only box. Search by title, author and/or keyword.
    Omnigraphics Health Reference Collection eBooks qZAH+Ssp3sc= 
    Click Remote Password. Use Anoka-Ramsey (case sensitive) for password
    University of Michigan Press eBooks Aug 31 
    primarily Social Science and Communication Studies
  • Click Library Search to find books, DVDs, CDs, and other materials at ARCC and other Minnesota state colleges and universities. Use your StarID and password to log into Library Search when requesting items.

    Library Search

    Click MnLINK to find books, DVDs, CDs, and other materials at public libraries and private colleges in Minnesota. Use the barcode from the back of your student ID card to log into MnLINK when requesting items.


  • Databases

    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 Help Page
    JSTOR: Arts & Sciences and Music Collection JSTOR Tutorials
    LEARNING EXPRESS LIBRARY: Create your own account for this resource, where you will find tutorials and eBooks, and practice tests for various exams: Accuplacer, ACT, NCLEX, PTA, and more.
    How to create a free Learning Express Library Account
    Historical Minnesota Newspapers
    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)

    • What is a scholarly journal (sometimes referred to a "peer-reviewed")?
    • Why shouldn't I just "google" my research...what's the big difference?
    • How can I determine if a website is credible?
  • Search Films-On-Demand, providing high-quality video and multimedia for academic, vocational and life-skills content. You'll need your StarID and password when viewing from off campus.

    Search Kanopy, an on-demand streaming video platform that offers viewers a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries. You will need to create a free Kanopy account and sign in to access the collection. You'll need your StarID and password when viewing from off campus.

  • 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. 

    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
  • Agricola 
    USDA National Agriculture Library

    Minnesota Statutes
    Minnesota Statutes, Session Laws, and Rules

    Britannica Academic 
    An accurate, current, and comprehensive resource for college-level learners

    NASA PubSpace 
    Public access to peer-reviewed papers from NASA-funded research

    CIA World Factbook 
    Information on 267 countries/entities

    National Library of Medicine 
    Access to PubMed, MedLine, MeSH, and more

    Federal Digital System 
    US government information

    Occupational Outlook Handbook 
    Information about careers, employment, salaries & more 

    Global Climate Change 
    Vital signs of our planet

    U.S. government science information

    Khan Academy (Subject Tutorials) 
    Free tutorials and personalized learning

    Statistical Abstracts 
    Information from the U.S. Census Bureau

    Minnesota Compass 
    Trends and data on the topics that impact Minnesotans' quality of life

    United Nations Demographic Yearbook 
    Demographic and social statistics gathered from national and international sources

    Minnesota Court Forms 
    Downloadable court forms from the Minnesota Judicial Branch website

    United Nations Statistical Yearbook 
    Downloadable yearbook - an annual publication 

    Minnesota Legislative Manual 
    From the Secretary of State website - downloadable MN Blue Book 
    Official website of the United States Government

    State of Minnesota 
    Official Minnesota state website

    U.S. Census 
    Census Bureau data about the nation's people and economy

    Minnesota Reflections 
    Over 50,000 Minnesota-specific primary sources & items 

    White House 
    Official website of the White House

  • After using any of these resources, always double-check your citations against the most current published guide.

    Style Guides

    Below you will find resources for the most commonly used citation styles from the style guide homepages, as well as, the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL).

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • How do I cite a Tweet or other social media? Or YouTube?
    • What is plagiarism and how do I determine if I'm at risk of doing it?
    • Which websites are considered credible and how can I evaluate my results?


    1. to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or ideas
    2. to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source
    3. to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

    Source:, 2017


  • What Are OER Textbooks?

    Click to read the MinnState guides about OER:
    Quick Guide to OER for Students
    Using OER Through Covid-19

    Where to Begin Searching for OER

    Minnesota State Opendora - OER materials created by MinnState faculty

    Community College Consortium for OER - open texts for community colleges in a variety of subjects

    MERLOT Project, advanced search by material type

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

    Open Textbook Library - University of Minnesota’s OER textbook library

    OpenStax - peer-reviewed texts for students

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

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

    OER Resources by Discipline

    CHEM: CLUE - Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything

    ENGL: 88 Open Essays - Google Docs 

    GEOG: Open Geography Education

    GEOG: Syllabus, Quizzes and Exams | OER Repository  

    MATH: Getting Started with Math OER 

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

    MATH: Stitz Zeager Open Source Mathematics 

    PSYC: Noba Project - Psychology OERs 

    STEM: PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations 


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    Faculty Librarians

    MS, Drexel University
    BA, Franklin and Marshall College
    Instruction, Reference
    Acquisitions, Periodicals

    MLIS, St. Catherine University
    BA, Mount Mary College
    Instruction, Reference
    Information Literacy

    Library Staff

    MLIS, St. Catherine University
    BA, University of Minnesota
    AA, North Hennepin Community College
    Circulation, Reserve
    Interlibrary Loan, Cataloging

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    Faculty Librarian

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

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