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Find Articles: Journals, Magazines, Newspapers
Find Biographies and Quotations
Find Books
Find Facts, Definitions, Overviews
Find Images, Videos, Audio, Digital Media
Find Laws, Legislation, Government Reports
Find Maps and Atlases
Find Statistics
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Find Agencies, Organizations and Associations

    Government centers, departments, and institutes

  Census Bureau
Source for social, economic, and demographic information about the United States.

Find Articles: Journals, Magazines, Newspapers

    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.

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.
  Bartlett's Quotations Available in Full Text Freely Available 
Search for quotes in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.
  Biographical Dictionary - Available in Full Text Freely Available 
Search for 25,000 notable men and women from ancient times to the present.

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 Facts, Definitions, Overviews

    Dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, handbooks Available in Full Text Freely Available 
An extensive collection of hundreds of thousands of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.
  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.

    Full-text databases

  Britannica Online Available in Full Text Off-campus Log-in Required 
The full text of the most recent edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, with cross references to related articles and links to select web resources.

Find Images, Videos, Audio, Digital Media

    Streaming video and audio

  FMG: Films on Demand Off-campus Log-in Required 
Films Media Group privides high-quality video and multimedia for academic, vocational and life-skills content. Films on Demand features topics ranging from Anthropology to World Languages and a plethora of subjects in between. Excellent source for Business, Science, Technology, Health, History, Politics, Psychology, Career Information, and much more.

Find Laws, Legislation, Government Reports

    Immigration information

  Citizenship and Immigration Services
Laws and regulations, reports and studies, and downloadable forms.

Find Maps and Atlases

    Geographical, thematic and historical atlases and maps

  Library of Congress Map Collections Freely Available 
More than 4.5 million old and new maps: military maps, environmental maps, city maps, and more. Search by keyword or by browse the sections.

    Interactive maps

  Google Maps Freely Available 
Google Maps is a map service that you view in your web browser. Depending on your location, you can view basic or custom maps, local business information, and driving directions.
  MapQuest Freely Available 
An interactive tool that provides maps and driving directions.

Find Statistics

    Statistical information and publications

  Bureau of Labor Statistics Available in Full Text Freely Available 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.
  CIA World Factbook Available in Full Text 
The CIA World Factbook is produced by the Central Intelligence Agency to provide comprehensive basic intelligence for the U.S. Government. It contains extensive information on all the countries of the world including hundreds of maps and flags.
  Digest of Education Statistics Available in Full Text Freely Available 
Overviews of broad categories of compiled data on elementary, secondary and college enrollments, student performance, graduation rates and more.
  Statistical Abstract of the United States Available in Full Text Freely Available 
Collection of statistics on social and economic conditions of the United States.

Use Web Resources


  Calendar Home
Calculate how many days between two dates, or how many days old you are along with other calendar features.
  Currency Converter
Calculates current exchange rates and shows market rates and trends.

    Colleges and universities

  Index of American Universities
This site provides an alphabetical listing of American Universities granting bachelor or advanced degrees.
Online version of Peterson's, which publishes a variety of materials designed to help students figure out where they want to continue their education and how to apply successfully to the schools they choose.

    Language translators

  Free Translation
Easy to use site for rapid translations for the foreign language text.
  Multilingual Glossary Available in Full Text 
The database is a professionally generated signage tool designed for libraries. The glossary contains common library phrases in 49 languages
Over 50 languages including Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Japanese and Spanish available for free online translation.


Search this free scholarship database geared towards students enrolling in higher education.
  Mach25 Scholarship Search
This database contains over 600,000 awards totaling over $1.6 billion. Sponsored by CollegeNet.
Free scholarship search connects you to a database of over 400,000 awards.

    Tax forms and information

  Internal Revenue Service
The official web site of the United States Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service.
  Minnesota Department of Revenue
Locate and download Minnesota tax forms.


  National Centers for Environmental Prediction
Forecast guidance which is the starting point for nearly all weather forecasts in the U.S.
  National Weather Service
Current official weather warnings, observations, and forecasts. Includes satellite imagery.

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