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Guides and Handouts

Guides and Tutorials


Introduction to the Library

Who are we and why are we here?

Short presentation on services we offer at the Library.  Click on the gray arrow below the screen to move through the presentation.  (There is no sound.)

Off-Campus Access

If you are researching off-campus or are an online student, you'll find these instructions on how to access library resources helpful.

Library Research Tutorial

Interactive tutorial on the basics of conducting research and evaluating your sources.


Find books, movies and music


Find a book using MnPALS (video - 1:03 min)

Does Inver Hills have the book or item you want?  This tutorial will show you how to search for it.

Renewing library materials (video - 1:00 min)

Need your item longer?  Here's how to renew your library stuff.

Looking for a book using IHCC Pageturner (youtube  2:29 min)

Looking for something to read for fun?? Pageturner can help!


Find articles


Where do I start??  

So, you have to write a paper? Maybe do a presentation or a poster? Check out this tip sheet of good starting places to find information on almost any topic.  Find resources from print and online books to scholarly articles and newspapers.  Most of the databases will also create an MLA or APA citation!

Find articles using Academic Search Premier (youtube - 3:01 min)

Find articles using MasterFile (youtube 2:26 min)

Research Guides - To research by subject or discipline

Not sure where to start researching for your paper or speech? Choose a discipline and find a list of resources to use for research in your topic area. 

How to Use a Database (video- 4:39 min)

How do you enter search terms into a database to get the best results? Learn form the sock puppet at the University of Kentucky at Chattanooga Library.

How to get Better Search Results in a Database - Using a Controlled Vocabulary (3:34 min)

Produced by the St. Louis Community College Library

What is a Scholarly Article? (video - 3:09 min)

How-to recognize a scholarly article. From Kimbel Library of Coastal Carolina University in SC

Scholarly Journals vs. Trade vs. Popular Magazines

Learn the key differences between these kinds of resources. Adapted from Hunter Library at Western Carolina University.

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

From the NCSU Libraries, this interactive tutorial explains the features of a scholarly article.


Specific Database Tutorials


Links to videos or print guides to specific databases, i.e., Academic Search Premier, JSTOR, Business Insights: Essentials, and more!


Computer Skills Tutorials
Self-paced tutorials on how to use, email, Microsoft Office, as well as basic math, grammar, reading, and resume writing.

Northstar Online Digital Literacy Assessment
Learn how to use your computer, Microsoft products, Mac, email and different kinds of social media.


Specific Topic Guides


Argument Paper Resources

Use these resources to easily find the pro/con of an issue.

Education Resources

Tip sheet of online education databases for articles

Using PsycARTICLES Database (video - 4:58 min)



Web evaluation


Evaluating Websites

Use this guide to help assess the reliability and worth of a website's content.

Information Literacy 101

Is it online article in a database or a website? What's the difference? Why should you care?

Trust it or Trash it?



Cite your sources


MLA and APA Citation Formats - Side by Side

OWL: Online Writing Lab handouts at Purdue University: MLA, APA, ASA

The Basics of APA Style Tutorial - from the APA

MLA Style Essay Format - Tutorial - from UMUC Effective Writing Center

Citing Sources, Plagiarism, and Copyright

Go through this interactive module to learn the basics of citing your sources and understanding plagiarism and copyright.



Library Research Tutorial Transcripts and Exercises

MnPALS Searching Exercise.docx
Module 4 Article Search Exercise.docx
Module 5 Web Searching Exercise.docx
Transcript for What is Information Literacy.docx




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