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Internet Resources
Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions
Statistics and Data
WWW Resources
Library Information

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Search MnPALS, the library's catalog, to find books and audio-visual material owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.
The world's largest shared library catalog, containing over 60 million titles.

General Reference Sources


  Ojibwe People's Dictionary
A searchable, online, talking Ojibwe-English and English-Ojibwe dictionary that speaks in the voices of Ojibwe Elders as well as provide access to the Ojibwe and Anishinaabe collections at the Minnesota Historical Society.


  Minnesota Place Names
Sub-title: A Geographical Encyclopedia. Revised and expanded dictionary of Minnesota place names, based on the research of Warren Upham, originally published in 1920 and updated in 2001. Available online and print.
Location: R977.6 U67M Willmar Reference
Online encyclopedia about Minnesota created by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Internet Resources

    Official Agency and Organization Web Sites

  Minnesota County and Municipal Ordinances
Directory of links to Minnesota county and municipal ordinances available online.
  Minnesota Department of Agriculture
This Minnesota department protects the public health and safety regarding food and agricultural products.
  Minnesota Department of Education
  Minnesota Department of Health
Links to information about public health, health care and health statistics in Minnesota. Includes links to health alerts, directory of hospitals and nursing homes, birth and death certificates, health facility complaints, flu shot clinics, etc.
  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  Minnesota North Star
Official site of the state of Minnesota.
  Minnesota State Court System
Official website of the Minnesota Judicial Branch. This site includes many features to assist with the court system, including the ability to pay some fines online, look up select court case records and calendars, and reply to a jury summons online. It also features a Self-Help Center for those representing themselves in court.
  Minnesota State Legislature
From here, link to the House and Senate, bill status, statutes, laws, etc.
  Minnesota Statutes
"Embraces laws of a general and permanent nature in force at the close of the sessions of the Legislature. Latest edition is online.
  University of Minnesota

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

    News Sources

  Star Tribune
Online edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Statistics and Data

    Statistical Resources

Web-based application developed by the U.S. Census Bureau that can retrieve data from federal, state, and local sources for analyzing a community.
Datanet is an online system consisting of summarized statistical information designed to serve Minnesota's governments, businesses, schools, nonprofit agencies and citizens. The system contains statistics about social, economic and demographic conditions in Minnesota. Datanet delivers 200,000 reports, maps and data downloads annually.
  Minnesota Compass
Website managed by Wilder Research that provides data and information on demographics and trends concerning the well-being of people in Minnesota. Information drawn from data compiled by Census Bureau, CDC, and Minnesota Dept. of Education.
  Minnesota Secretary of State
Can search for companies that have filed with the Secretary of State.
  Minnesota State Demographic Center
Distributes demographic data from state, U.S. Census Bureau and other sources; also provides access to analytic reports produced by Minnesota Planning, a state agency. Includes access to MnPlan's Datanet, providing demographic data from the 1990 and 2000 US Census as well as state projection estimates

WWW Resources

    Web Sites

  Atlas of Minnesota Online
Interactive online maps based on the Atlas of Minnesota, 2nd edition.
  Compare Minnesota
Compares Minnesota with other states having to do with business climate and development.
  Digital Collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries
Collections of digital images, databases, and digitized documents, biographies, speeches, and letters from Minnesota libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies.
  Explore Minnesota
Minnesota travel site.
  Minneapolis Institute of Art
Search the permanent collection.
  Minnesota Climatology
Data available in several categories: Climate Monitor, Historical Data; Weather Summaries and Publications; Agricultural Climate Information; and other climate data resources(lightning strikes; sunrise & sunset times; and daily, weekly, and annual stream flow maps).
  Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development(DEED)
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state's principal economic development agency, with programs promoting business recruitment, expansion, and retention; workforce development; international trade; and community development. The agency's mission is to support the economic success of individuals, businesses, and communities by improving opportunities for growth. DEED's organizational structure is aligned with its mission.
  Minnesota Digital Library: Minnesota Reflections
Provides access to more than 25,000 images, along with historic plat books, maps, texts, diaries, and laws from 80 libraries, archives, historical societies, and museums around Minensota.
  Minnesota Historical Society
Provides information about all aspects of Minnesota's history.
  Minnesota Legislators Past & Present
Biographical database of all Minnesota legislators from territorial times to the present.
  Minnesota Planning
The Office of Geographic and Demographic Analysis offers a diverse variety of services and information to state and local government and to the public. It is comprised of the Environmental Quality Board, Land Management Information Center (LMIC), Office of the State Demographer and Office of the State Archaeologist.
  Minnesota State Highway Map
Latest Minnesota State Highway map online featuring a city index, regional maps, historic sites, state parks, and mileage chart.
Generic information about Minnesota
StateMaster allows you to research and compare a multitude of different data on U.S. states. Information is compiled from various primary sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI, and the National Center for Educational Statisics.

Library Information

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