• 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  Click for Help .

    MnPALS Plus

    MnLINK Gateway - Public Libraries & Private Colleges

  • 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.
    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
    OCTOBER 2018

    Legal Stuff
    --PDF of “practical legal information about the laws that impact the daily life of Minnesota residents”
    --From the Hennepin County Bar Association

    Institute for Women’s Policy Research
    --“create awareness and inspire change around government and social policies that inhibit the equal progress of women.”
    --datasets from federal and state government
    --State of Women in the States

    World Inequality Report, 2018

    Promoting Prosocial Behaviors in Children through Games and Play: Making Social Emotional Learning Fun

    Fear: Trump in the White House, by Bob Woodward

    Barron’s ACT
    Controversies on Campus: Debating the Issues Confronting American Universities in the 21st Century
    Peterson’s Guide to Two-Year Colleges, 2019

    The Third Reich: a History of Nazi Germany

    American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis-and How to End It
    Bariatric Fitness for Your New Life: a Post-Surgery Program of Mental Coaching, Strength Training, Stretching Routines, and Fat-Burning Cardio
    Formerly Known as Food: How the Industrial Food System is Changing our Minds, Bodies, and Culture

    The Classical Greeks
    Documents of the LGBT Movement
    Louis XIV
    Louis XIV: the Real Sun King
    Policing Islam: the British Occupation of Egypt and the Anglo-Egyptian Struggle over Control of the Police, 1882-1914
    The Third Reich: a History of Nazi Germany

    The Best American Short Stories 2018
    A Key to Treehouse Living, by Elliot Reed

    Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method

    The Brass Instrument Owner’s Handbook

    Fear: Trump in the White House, by Bob Woodward
    One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy

    American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis-and How to End It

    Rights, Religious Pluralism and the Recognition of Difference

    Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking

    Contemporary Monologues for a New Theater
    The Essentials of Theater: a Guide to Acting, Stagecraft, Technical Theater, and More 


    Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
    Dark matter of the mind
    A fragile life
    William James: psychical research and the challenge of modernity
    End of white Christian America

    Into the wild
    Scorched earth: Stalin’s reign of terror
    If I die in a combat zone
    The house at Sugar Beach
    The origins of cool in postwar America
    Many voices, one nation
    The great stain: witnessing American slavery
    Onigamiising: seasons of an Ojibwe year
    Harlem: the crucible of modern African American culture
    The color of water: a Black man’s tribute to his white mother
    The other Wes Moore
    Life is so good

    Geography, Anthropology, Recreation
    How to think like an anthropologist
    Evolution’s bite
    Into thin air
    Invisible seasons: Title IX

    Social Sciences
    Finding time: the economics of work-life conflict
    Tribe: on homecoming and belonging
    Popular: the power of likability in a status-obsessed world
    About abortion: terminating pregnancy in 21st century America
    Women against abortion
    Beyond trans: does gender matter?
    I am Nujood, age 10 and divorced
    Natural causes: …wellness…dying, and killing ourselves to live longer
    Immigrant and refugee children and families
    The burn journals
    A higher loyalty: truth, lies, and leadership
    From the war on poverty to the war on crime

    Political Science
    How democracies die
    The contemporary Congress
    The American political party system

    Listening in: cybersecurity in an insecure age
    The long reach of the Sixties
    Disqualifying the high court

    Fine Arts
    Mexico 1900-1950

    Language and Literature
    The dark child
    Sarah’s key
    I know why the caged bird sings
    The perks of being a wallflower
    The art of racing in the rain
    The secret life of bees
    Thirteen reasons why
    The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
    We are okay

    Mars: the pristine beauty of the Red Planet QB641.M394 2017
    Calculating the cosmos
    The madhouse effect
    The tallgrass prairie
    Experiments in democracy: human embryo research, politics of bioethics

    Chickenizing farms & food
    How to survive a plague
    Life histories of genetic disease
    Look me in the eye: my life with Asperger’s
    The case against sugar

    The fracking debate
    Living with robots
    The gunning of America


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  • Coon Rapids Campus 763-433-1150

    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 L210 | 763-433-1466

    Library Staff


    MLIS, St. Catherine University
    BA, University of Minnesota
    AA, North Hennepin Community College
    Circulation, Reserve
    Interlibrary Loan, Cataloging
    Office L209 | 763-433-1125

  • Cambridge Campus 763-433-1950

    Faculty Librarian


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

    Office D116 | 763-433-1358

    Library Staff


    BA, University of Minnesota
    Circulation, Reserve, ILL
    Office D117 | 763-433-1875

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