• 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 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.

    FEBRUARY 2017 

    The Anthropology of Africa: Challenges for the 21st Century
    The Making of Contemporary Africa: the Development of African Society Since 1800

    The Anthropology of Africa: Challenges for the 21st Century
    Women Redefining the Experience of Food Insecurity: Life off the Edge of the Table

    Becoming an Art Therapist: Enabling Growth, Change, and Action for Emerging Students in the Field
    The Oil Painter’s Handbook
    Pen & Ink Drawing: a Simple Guide
    The Potters Dictionary of Materials and Techniques

    Data Integrity in Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Regulation Operations: Best Practices Guide to Electronic Records Compliance

    Latina/o College Student Leadership: Emerging Theory, Promising Practice

    The Complexity and Progression of Black Representation in Film and Television

    The Cambridge Companion to Medievalism
    Fashion Fads through American History: Fitting Clothes into Context
    A History of the Middle Ages, 300-1500
    Pakistan at the Crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures

    Clinical EFT Handbook: a Definitive Resource for Practitioners, Scholars, Clinicians, and Researchers, Volume 2
    The Subtle Body Practice Manual: a Comprehensive Guide to Energy Healing (IHH faculty, and EFT Universe Certified Expert and Trainer, Valerie Lis, was consulted for this book)

    The Cambridge Companion to American Poets
    The Cambridge Companion to Slavery in American Literature
    Look: Poems, by Solmaz Sharif (2016 National Book Award Finalist)
    March, Book Three (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner)
    March, Book Two
    The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of the Comic Book Heroines
    Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? Stories by Kathleen Collins

    Linear Algebra (Springer Undergraduate Mathematics series)
    When Critical Multiculturalism Meets Mathematics: a Mixed Methods Study of Professional Development and Teacher Identity

    The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter
    Peters’ Music Therapy: an Introduction

    Adding Insult to Injury: (Mis) Treating Homeless Women in Our Mental Health System
    American Indian Health and Nursing
    Gastric Bypass Surgery: Procedures, Benefits and Health Risks
    The Prenatal Bombshell: Help and Hope When Continuing or Ending a Precious Pregnancy after an Abnormal Diagnosis

    Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy
    From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East
    Latinas in American Politics: Changing and Embracing Political Tradition

    Boys Adrift: the Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques and Strategies
    The Cost of Racism for People of Color: Contextualizing Experiences of Discrimination
    Kid’s Play: Sport in Kids’ Worlds

    Coming of Age in Jewish America: Bar and Bat Mitzvah Reinterpreted

    Research Literacy: a Primer for Understanding and Using Research

    Dirt, Sweat, and Diesel: a Family Farm in the 21st Century
    How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper
    Physics: Curiosities, Oddities, and Novelties
    Pursuing Sustainability: a Guide to the Science and Practice
    Silicon Earth: Introduction to Microelectronics and Nanotechnology
    Sustainable Forest Management: from Concept to Practice

    Color Lines and Racial Angles (The Society Pages series)
    Crime, Justice, and Society: an Introduction to Criminology
    Ending Homelessness: Why We Haven’t, How We Can
    Invisible Nation: Homeless Families in America
    Runaway and Homeless Youth: New Research and Clinical Perspectives

    Claiming Place: on the Agency of Hmong Women
    The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of the Comic Book Heroines
    Women Redefining the Experience of Food Insecurity: Life off the Edge of the Table


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