Both Cambridge and Coon Rapids libraries will be closed for MEA break Thursday, October 19 through Saturday, October 21, reopening Monday, October 23.

  • 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.

    SEPTEMBER 2017

    E-BOOKS – in MnPALS Plus and EBSCO
    Chronic Diseases: an Encyclopedia of Causes, Effects, and Treatments, 2 volumes, 2016
    Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life
    Illustrated Encyclopedia of Applied and Engineering Physics, 3 volumes, CRC Press, 2017
    Nolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law: Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions, 2017
    War and Religion: an Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict, 3 volumes, ABC-CLIO, 2017

    ACT-UP Oral History Project
    --interviews of many original members of ACT-UP/New York
    --“These men and women of all races and classes have transformed entrenched cultural ideas about homosexuality, sexuality, illness, health care, civil rights, art, media, and the rights of patients.”

    --content in English and French provided by 80+ journalists
    --launched globally in January 2016

    Digital Transgender Project Archive
    --history of the experiences of transgender & gender-nonconforming people from around the world
    --highlights the history of transgender activism, as a part of LGBT+ history and as its own discipline

    Herstories Audiovisual Collections
    --clips from the Lesbian Herstory Archives which preserves sources related to the lesbian community
    --starting point for classroom discussion & research

    Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
    --digitized collection of color maps in full color
    --3,500 maps with historical information about buildings & urban areas from 15 states with more to be added by 2020
    --maps can be downloaded as GIF, JPEG, and TIFF

    Umbra Search African American History
    --U of M Libraries project which “seeks to make African American history more broadly accessible through its search tool–, digitization of historical materials throughout the U of M collections, and support of students, educators, and the public through workshops and events.”

    Making the Mark: Gender, Identity, and Genital Cutting

    The Social Archaeology of Food: Thinking about Eating from Prehistory to the Present

    Historical Dictionary of Contemporary Art

    13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
    The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate
    Hunger: a Memoir of (My) Body, by Roxane Gay

    Digital and Social Media Marketing: a Results-Driven Approach
    Ethical Issues in Business: Inquiries, Cases, and Readings
    How to Write a Marketing Plan
    The Media Handbook: a Complete Guide to Advertising, Media Selection, Planning, Research, and Buying

    Overcoming Employment Barriers: 127 Great Tips

    Breaking through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work

    2018 Scholarship Handbook
    Barron’s Accuplacer Math: Up-to-Date Review and Practice Tests
    Living with Moral Disagreement: the Enduring Controversy about Affirmative Action
    Peterson’s Four Year Colleges 2018

    Global Foodscapes: Oppression and Resistance in the Life of Food

    Dribbling for Dawah: Sports among Muslim Americans
    Sustainable Diets: How Ecological Nutrition Can Transform Consumption and the Food System

    Stanton in Her Own Time
    The Wars of the Roosevelts

    The Courts, the Ballot Box, and Gay Rights: How Our Governing Institutions Shape the Same-Sex Marriage Debate

    Sinclair Lewis and American Democracy
    Technical Writing for Engineering Professionals
    Tough Luck: Poems, by Todd Boss

    Barron’s Accuplacer Math: Up-to-Date Review and Practice Tests

    Culture Jamming: Activism and the Art of Cultural Resistance
    The Media Handbook: a Complete Guide to Advertising, Media Selection, Planning, Research, and Buying
    Media Laws across the World: a Comparative Study of their Evolution and Challenges
    Television for Women: New Directions

    An Attitude and Approach for Teaching Music to Special Learners
    Women’s Bands in America: Performing Music and Gender

    Bioethics: a Philosophical Introduction
    Chemistry of Antibiotics and Related Drugs
    Dealing with Doctors, Denial, and Death: a Guide to Living Well with Serious Illness
    Geriatric Syndromes (Nursing Clinics of North America series)
    Prevent, Survive, Thrive : Every Woman’s Guide to Optimal Breast Care

    Bioethics: a Philosophical Introduction

    Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union
    Genocide: the Act as Idea

    Personality Theories: a Global View
    What is this Professor Freud Like? : a Diary of an Analysis with Historical Comments

    Aluminum in America: a History
    Bioethics: a Philosophical Introduction
    Biofuels and Bioenergy
    Food Security, Agricultural Policies, and Economic Growth: Long-Term Dynamics in the Past, Present and Future
    Burn Out: the Endgame for Fossil Fuels
    Celebrating Soil: Discovering Soils and Landscapes
    Chemistry of Antibiotics and Related Drugs
    Communicating Climate Change: the Path Forward
    Composing Science: a Facilitator’s Guide to Writing in the Science Classroom
    Engineering Women: Re-visioning Women’s Scientific Achievements and Impacts
    Food Security, Agricultural Policies and Economic Growth: Long-term Dynamics in the Past, Present and Future
    Global Foodscapes: Oppression and Resistance in the Life of Food
    The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate
    Integrated Groundwater Management Concepts, Approaches, and Challenges
    **open access e-book available at**
    Life Histories of Genetic Disease: Patterns and Prevention in Postwar Medical Genetics
    Microbes from Hell
    Monkeytalk: Inside the Worlds and Minds of Primates
    Nuclear Power
    Sustainable Diets: How Ecological Nutrition Can Transform Consumption and the Food System
    Technical Writing for Engineering Professionals

    Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?
    Black and Blue: Inside the Divide between the Police and Black America
    Boys and Men in African American Families
    Debating Gun Control: How Much Regulation do We Need?
    Gender and Mobility: a Critical Introduction
    The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class – and What We Can Do About It
    Race and Ethnicity in America
    What is a Refugee?

    Engineering Women: Re-visioning Women’s Scientific Achievements and Impacts
    Gender and Mobility: a Critical Introduction
    Making the Mark: Gender, Identity, and Genital Cutting
    The Problem of Women in Early Modern Japan
    Selling Women’s History: Packaging Feminism in 20th Century American Popular Culture
    Stanton in Her Own Time
    Television for Women: New Directions
    Women in Civil War Texas: Diversity and Dissidence in the Trans-Mississippi
    Women in Imperial China
    Women in the Shadows: Gender, Puppets, and the Power of Tradition in Bali
    Women’s Bands in America: Performing Music and Gender

    The Art of Creative Research: a Field Guide for Writers
    The Art of Styling Sentences
    The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: the Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed
    Easy Writer with 2016 MLA (donation)
    Elements of Style 2017: a Grammar, Style, and Punctuation Handbook for Modern Writers
    Lapsing into a Comma: a Curmudgeon’s Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print – and How to Avoid Them
    Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing
    The Little Seagull Handbook (donation)
    A Masterclass in Dramatic Writing: Theater, Film, and Television
    On Writing Well: the Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
    Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose
    Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age
    Woe is I: the Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English

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    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
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    Faculty Librarian


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    BA, St. Catherine University
    Instruction, Reference
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    Office D116 | 763-433-1358

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