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Find Agencies, Organizations and Associations
Find Articles: Journals, Magazines, Newspapers
Find Biographies and Quotations
Find Books
Find Electronic Books
Find Facts, Definitions, Overviews
Find Style Manuals and Writing Guides
Use Web Resources
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Find Agencies, Organizations and Associations

    Official agency, organization, and association web sites

  Modern Language Association
The Modern Language Association focuses on the study and teaching of language and literature through publications, conferences, and other resources. The MLA publishes the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

Find Articles: Journals, Magazines, Newspapers

    Databases and indexes

  Academic Search FullTEXT Premier Available in Full Text Off-campus Log-in Required 
    1975 - present
An academic multi-disciplinary database with full text access to over 4,700 publications. Information dates back to 1975 and is updated on a daily basis.
  Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center Available in Full Text Off-campus Log-in Required 
Provides access to reference resources based on current event topics. Gives researchers the facts and the arguments on both sides of an issue. Includes statistics, government data, graphics, primary sources and much more.

    Full-text electronic journals and magazines

  Chicago Review Available in Full Text Off-campus Log-in Required 
    1990 - present
An international journal of writing and cultural exchange that publishes poetry, fiction, translations, essays, interviews, reviews, art, and drama.
  Composition Studies Available in Full Text Off-campus Log-in Required 
    2004 - present
Dedicated to the range of professional practices associated with rhetoric and composition.

    Newspapers, news sites

  Newsbank Available in Full Text Off-campus Log-in Required 
    1690 - present
With unmatched U.S. news content from local, regional, and national sources, this resource is the largest of its kind. Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos. Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people. Also features a large selection of America's Historical Newspapers (1690-2000) with articles exactly as they appeared in original print form.
  ProQuest Newspapers Available in Full Text Off-campus Log-in Required 
Choose to search newspapers from one of the world's largest digital newspaper collections. Thousands of the articles are available in full text.

Find Biographies and Quotations

    Biographical dictionaries, speeches, and quotes

  American National Biography Available in Full Text Off-campus Log-in Required 
Biographical resource for notable people in American history who have shaped the American nation and contributed to American culture.
  Collins Concise Dictionary of Quotations Available in Full Text Off-campus Log-in Required 
Quotations arranged thematically for ease of reference, from advertising and humour, to cinema and last words.

Find Books

    Online catalogs

  MnPALS Freely Available 
MnPALS is the online catalog for Minnesota West. It also includes the collections of over 40 academic and state agency libraries in Minnesota. Search for books and non print materials found in your Minnesota West libraries.

Find Electronic Books

    Full-text electronic books

  Chambers Classic Speeches Available in Full Text Off-campus Log-in Required 
The content of this title is extracted from "Chambers Book of Speeches," a major new anthology bringing together a diverse selection of eloquent, powerful, witty and passionate speeches, given by politicians, monarchs, rebels and intellectuals from around the world. Insightful biographical information is provided for each entry, along with a short introduction to the historical context and purpose of each speech.

Find Facts, Definitions, Overviews

    Dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, handbooks

  Abbreviations.com Available in Full Text Freely Available 
An extensive collection of hundreds of thousands of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.
  American Heritage Abbreviations Dictionary Available in Full Text Off-campus Log-in Required 
Current and topical, this abbreviations dictionary includes up-to-date coverage of the latest technologies and includes entries as diverse as classified ads, entertainment, government, colleges and universities, international and U.S. airports, sports and leisure, currencies, and much more.
  American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language Available in Full Text Off-campus Log-in Required 
This dictionary features revised biographical and geographical entries as well as up-to-date charts and tables for topics such as world currencies and chemical elements.
  Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary Available in Full Text Off-campus Log-in Required 
This dictionary features a significant number of clear and precise definitions and more than 10,000 new words and meanings. Over 40,000 usage examples provide expert guidance to help solve problems of confused and disputed usage. More than 7,500 phrases and idioms help clarify distinct characteristics of our evolving language.
  Phrase Finder
Use this resource to find phrases related to a word.
  Roget's II: The New Thesaurus Available in Full Text Off-campus Log-in Required 
Roget's II: The New Thesaurus combines the most useful features of a thesaurus and a dictionary; each entry contains a short definition as well as a comprehensive list of synonyms for the headword.
  VisuWords: Online Graphical Dictionary Freely Available 
Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.
  Vocabulary.com
A quick way to learn useful words and improve your vocabulary by answering questions.
  Wordnik Available in Full Text Freely Available 
An interactive English dictionary that includes example sentences showing words in context, information about words' frequency and use patterns, and more.

Find Style Manuals and Writing Guides

    Assistance for research and writing

  Citation Styles Freely Available 
MLA and APA style sheets prepared by Minnesota West library staff. Links to the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue are also available.
  EasyBib Citation Guide for MLA Format
Fundamentals and guides for MLA citations for books, websites, newspapers, journals, databases and more.
  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - 7th ed.
Location: Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone, Worthington Libraries - REF LB2369.G53 2009
Fairmont, Luverne, Redwood Falls Learning Centers
Check Local Public Libraries
  Purdue Online Writing Lab
Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material provided as a free service to students, members of the community, and users worldwide to find information to assist with many writing projects.

Use Web Resources

    High-quality, reliable internet sites

  Research and Documentation Online
Written by well-known writing expert Diana Hacker, this site offers guidelines for documenting print and online sources, tips for evaluating online sources, sample papers, and a glossary of research terms.


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