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  • Summer Hours
    (academic year hours resume August 23)
    Coon Rapids Campus
    May 15 - May 31 CLOSED
    June 1 - August 4  
    Monday/Tuesday for Grab & Go only 9 am - 4 pm
    Wednesday for Grab & Go only 10 am - 6 pm
    Thursday for Grab & Go only 9 am - 4 pm
    Friday/Weekends/Holidays CLOSED
    Aug 5 - 22 CLOSED
    Cambridge Campus
    May 15 - May 31 CLOSED
    June 1 - Aug 5   
    OPEN THURSDAYS for Grab & Go only 9 am - 4 pm
    Aug 6 - 22 CLOSED
  • 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
    BRITANNICA ACADEMIC EDITION: Encyclopedia content; articles, multimedia, biographies, and research tools
    BRITANNICA ORIGINAL SOURCES: Over 420,000 primary source documents, complete books, and authentic images
    eHRAF: World Cultures eHRAF User Guide
    EBSCO: Academic, Art, Business, CINAHL, PsycArticles, etc. EBSCO Tutorial
    GALE: Academic including Opposing Viewpoints, 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.
    How to create a free Learning Express Library Account
    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.

  • Videos
    Finding Online Journal Articles using EBSCO Databases for Communication Studies, with additional information for concurrent students (14:54 min. running time)
    Requesting Articles Through Interlibrary Loan A brief tutorial of how to request a journal article through interlibrary loan (4:10 min. running time)  Downloadable instructions for accessing scholarly articles
    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)
    Using Proquest 
    Basic instructions about searching in ProQuest (7:56 min running time)
    Interactive Tutorials 
    Evaluating Online Resources 
    Using Academic Search Premier 
    Using CINAHL
    Using JSTOR
  • 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.
    • Encyclopedias (try Britannica Academic) 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.
    • Check your textbook for 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

    Minnesota Statutes
    Minnesota Statutes, Session Laws, and Rules

    Britannica Academic 
    An accurate, current, and comprehensive resource for college-level learners

    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 - downloadable 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

  • Citation Help

    Tutors in the ARCC Writing Center can help you with citations and references.

    Style Guides

    After using any of these resources, always double-check your citations against the most current published guide. 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


  • What Are OER Textbooks?

    Click to read the MinnState guides about OER:
    Quick Guide to OER for Students
    Using OER Through Covid-19

    Where to Begin Searching for OER

    Minnesota State Opendora - OER materials created by MinnState faculty

    Community College Consortium for OER - open texts for community colleges in a variety of subjects

    MERLOT Project, advanced search by material type

    OER Commons - links to texts in Biology, Business, Math, and Psychology

    Open Textbook Library - University of Minnesota’s OER textbook library

    OpenStax - peer-reviewed texts for students

    Directory of Open Access Journals - search or browse for free journal articles

    CORA: Community of Online Research Assignments - an open access resource for faculty and librarians, intended to be a collaborative space for adapting and experimenting with research assignments.

    OER Resources by Discipline

    CHEM: CLUE - Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything

    ENGL: 88 Open Essays - Google Docs 

    GEOG: Open Geography Education

    GEOG: Syllabus, Quizzes and Exams | OER Repository  

    MATH: Getting Started with Math OER 

    MATH: MyOpenMath - self-study sources for students; pre-built courses based on open texts for instructors

    MATH: Stitz Zeager Open Source Mathematics 

    PSYC: Noba Project - Psychology OERs 

    STEM: PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations 

    SPRING 2021

    E-books can be found in EBSCO in the eBooks Collection, or by searching for the title in our Library Search. From off campus, use StarID and password to access.

    How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine, For Now
    Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, And Do
    Definitive Book of Body Language
    Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls

    Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and The Grand Marais Anishinaabe
    Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, And Politics
    How to Be an Antiracist
    Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist
    Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning
    Black Women's History of the United States
    Heavy: An American Memoir
    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
    America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s
    Three Ordinary Girls: The Remarkable Story of Hannie Schaft and the Oversteegen Sisters, Teenaged Saboteurs and Nazi Assassins 
    Braiding Sweetgrass
    As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance
    Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power
    His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope
    Peculiar Imbalance: The Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Early Minnesota:
    Voices of Rondo: Oral Histories of Saint Paul's Historic Black Community
    Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1912 

    Environmental Justice in A Moment of Danger.
    Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.

    Give People Money: How A Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, And Remake the World
    Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion--And the Future of Clothes
    What Color Is Your Parachute? 2020: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
    Affirmative Action Puzzle: A Living History from Reconstruction to Today
    Cryptocurrency Mining for Dummies
    Facebook: The Inside Story
    Digital Minimalism: Choosing A Focused Life in A Noisy World
    How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
    Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope
    Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility
    Ordinary Insanity: Fear and The Silent Crisis of Motherhood in America
    Psychology of Women Under Patriarchy
    Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
    Black and The Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, And Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement
    Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
    After Redlining: The Urban Reinvestment Movement in the Era of Financial Deregulation
    Your Happiness Was Hacked: Why Tech is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain, and How to Fight Back
    Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America
    Modern Slavery: A Reference Handbook
    White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
    Refugee Crises, 1945-2000: Political and Societal Responses in International Comparison

    How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them
    Refuge Beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers
    American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction
    Undocumented Americans
    Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right
    Cruelty as Citizenship: How Migrant Suffering Sustains White Democracy

    First: Sandra Day O'Connor.
    Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for A More Unjust America.
    Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration.

    Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level
    Academic Advising: A Comprehensive Handbook
    Reading, Writing, and Racism: Disrupting Whiteness in Teacher Education and in the Classroom

    Beatles and Sixties Britain
    Itake-Over: The Recording Industry in the Streaming Era

    Prison Truth: The Story of The San Quentin News
    Alpha: Abidjan To Paris; Translated by Sarah Adrizzone
    Water Dancer: A Novel
    Minority Women and Western Media: Challenging Representations and Articulating New Voices
    Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market; 2020
    Writer's Market; 2020
    Feel Puma: Poems
    Land of Big Numbers

    How We Teach Science: What’s Changed, And Why It Matters.
    Vanishing Ice: Glaciers, Ice Sheets, And Rising Seas.
    Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator.
    Field Notes from An Unintentional Birder: A Memoir.
    All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

    Crisis in The Red Zone: The Story of The Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, And of The Outbreaks to Come
    Flu Hunter: Unlocking the Secrets of a Virus
    What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, And Hope in An American City
    Authentic Aromatherapy: Essential Oils and Blends for Health, Beauty, And Home
    Woman's Ayurvedic Herbal: A Guide for Natural Health and Well-Being
    Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live
    Sound and Noise: A Listener's Guide to Everyday Life

    Chemical Age: How Chemists Fought Famine and Disease, Killed Millions, and Changed Our Relationship with the Earth
    Digital Preservation in Libraries: Preparing for A Sustainable Future

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    Faculty Librarians

    Coon Rapids

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    MS, Drexel University

    BA, Franklin and Marshall College

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    MLIS, St. Catherine University

    BA, Mount Mary College


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    MLIS, Dominican University

    BA, St. Catherine University

    Library Staff


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    AS, Anoka-Ramsey Community College

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