• 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.

    JANUARY 2017

    Evaluating Information: the Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning
    --Study by the Stanford History Education Group which “prototyped, field tested, and validated a bank of assessments that tap civic online reasoning—the ability of middle school to college students to judge the credibility of information on their smartphones, tablets, and computers.”
    --Testing sites included “under-resourced, inner-city schools in Los Angeles and well-resourced schools in suburbs outside of Minneapolis.”

    Cultural Anthropology: Tribes, States, and the Global Systems
    Narratives on San Ethnicity: the Cultural and Ecological Foundations of Lifeworld among the !Xun of North-Central Namibia

    Abstract Expressionism for Beginners
    Dali Illustrator
    Fashion: the Ultimate History of Costume: from Prehistory to the Present Day
    Oil Painting Essentials: Mastering Portraits, Figures, Still Lifes, Landscapes, and Interiors
    Pen & Ink: a Creative Exploration of a Time-Treasured Drawing Technique

    The Mistress, by Danielle Steel

    Big Oil in the United States: Industry Influence on Institutions, Policy, and Politics

    Careers in Sports and Fitness
    Firefighter Exam: Complete Test Preparation
    Knock ‘em Dead Cover Letters

    MOOCs in Higher Education: Institutional Goals and Paths Forward

    New Silent Cinema
    The Spike Lee Brand: a Study of Documentary Filmmaking

    The Structure of Modern Standard French: a Student Grammar

    Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription
    Careers in Sports and Fitness
    Diet and Nutrition Sourcebook
    Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
    Food for Thought: Perspectives on Eating Disorders
    Holistic Health for Adolescents: How Yoga, Aromatherapy, Teas, and More Can Help You Get and Stay Well
    Mass Media and Health: Examining Media Impact on Individuals and the Health Environment
    Weight training Without Injury: Over 350 Step-by-Step Pictures Including What Not to Do!

    26 Seconds: a Personal History of the Zapruder Film
    The Cambridge Guide to African American History
    The Ford Century in Minnesota
    Freedom, Inc. and the Black Political Empowerment
    Native Nations: Cultures and Histories of Native North America
    Stillwater, Minnesota: a Brief History

    Holistic Health for Adolescents: How Yoga, Aromatherapy, Teas, and More Can Help You Get and Stay Well

    Before Harlem: an Anthology of African American Literature from the Long 19th Century
    The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British & Irish Poetry

    Trigonometry: a Clever Study Guide

    Housework and Gender in American Television: Coming Clean
    Mass Media and Health: Examining Media Impact on Individuals and the Health Environment
    Media Control: News as an Institution of Power and Social Control
    Media, Millennials, and Politics: the Coming of Age of the Next Political Generation

    Absolutely on Music: Conversations
    Basic Elements of Music: a Primer for Musicians, Music Teachers, and Students
    Performance Anxiety Strategies: a Musician’s Guide to Managing Stage Fright

    An Empowering Guide to Lung Cancer: Six Steps to Taking Charge of Your Care and Your Life
    Fundamentals of Nursing
    Health Communication and Breast Cancer among Black Women: Culture, Identity, Spirituality, and Strength
    Immune System Disorders Sourcebook
    Palliative and End-of-Life Care (Nursing Clinics of North America series)
    Respiratory Disorders Sourcebook
    Sleep Disorders Sourcebook

    Big Oil in the United States: Industry Influence on Institutions, Policy, and Politics
    The Fourth Amendment in Flux: the Roberts Court, Crime Control, and Digital Privacy
    From Jicama to Jackfruit: the Global Political Economy of Food

    Diversity in Couple and Family Therapy: Ethnicities, Sexualities, and Socioeconomics
    Evidence-Based Psychological Practice with Ethnic Minorities: Culturally Informed Research and Clinical Strategies
    Food for Thought: Perspectives on Eating Disorders
    How to be a Researcher: a Strategic Guide for Academic Success
    Informed Research and Clinical Strategies
    The Life of I: the New Culture of Narcissism
    Parenting: Contemporary Clinical Perspectives
    Psychometric Methods: Theory into Practice
    Raising the Transgender Child
    Social Cognition: Development across the Life Span

    American Environmental Policy: the Failure of Compliance, Abatement and Mitigation
    Environmentally Sustainable Viticulture: Practices and Practicality
    The Ethics of Nuclear Energy: Risk, Justice, and Democracy in the Post-Fukushima Era
    Human Diversity: its Nature, Extent, Causes and Effects on People
    The Jazz of Physics: the Secret Link between Music and the Structure of the Universe
    Modern Poisons: a Brief Introduction to Contemporary Toxicology
    The Scientist’s Guide to Writing: How to Write More Easily and Effectively Throughout Your Scientific Career
    Seeds: a Natural History
    Wildlife Habitat Management: Concepts and Applications in Forestry
    Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

    Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity
    Police Corruption and Police Reforms in Developing Societies
    Urban People and Places: the Sociology of Cities, Suburbs, and Towns
    What Gender is Motherhood?: Changing Yoruba Ideals of Power, Procreation, and Identity in the Age of Modernity

    The Art and Practice of Costume Design
    Hamilton: the Revolution

    Housework and Gender in American Television: Coming Clean
    Mutha’ is Half a Word: Intersections of Folklore, Vernacular, Myth, and Queerness in Black Female Culture
    What Gender is Motherhood?: Changing Yoruba Ideals of Power, Procreation, and Identity in the Age of Modernity


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