Both campus library buildings are closed due to COVID-19. 
Scroll down to Summer 2020 Hours for more information. 
Call or email for assistance, or 
book a research appointment with a librarian here.

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  • Beginning June 1, the Coon Rapids and Cambridge campus library buildings will remain closed during summer session, with some services continuing remotely.

    • Research and database help from Library Faculty is available via phone, email, or Calendar Bookings:
    • Mondays - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. from June 1-July 20 and August 3
      AND Wednesdays - 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. from June 24-July 15 and July 29.
    • Check out our "Library Video Tutorials" div for brief videos on specific library resources.
    • Visit the "Free Online Resources During COVID-19" div on our homepage for temporary resources available from select publishers.
    • You may continue to request articles via our FREE Interlibrary Loan service, and online delivery will continue to your college e-mail address. Contact Candice Young with questions.
    • All physical items already on loan from ARCC libraries now have an extended due date of Friday September 4th. However, you are welcome to return them before the 4th if you prefer.
      • In Coon Rapids, please return them to the outdoor bookdrop at Entrance #1 (on the north side, opposite the visitors parking lot) or give them to Safety/Security personnel inside Entrance #8 (lower level, Fitness Center desk).
      • In Cambridge, please return items to the Cambridge Information Desk. Until further notice, open hours on both campuses are 10-3, Monday-Thursday.
    • If you have items checked out from non-ARCC libraries on 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 Loans. Use the Renew link to renew each item.
      6. Check back in a few days for the lending library's response.
      7. Contact Candice Young with questions.
  • Update on Library Services during COVID-19 (2:58 min. running time)
    Finding Online Journal Articles using EBSCO Databases for Communication Studies, with additional information for concurrent students (14:54 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.
    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

    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 - dowloadable 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

    Minnesota Statutes
    Minnesota Statutes, Session Laws, and Rules


  • 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


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