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Use this guide to access library resources, including databases, books, academic journals, and textbooks, Open Educational Resources, and freely available online resources related to the subject of Art.

Search the Library Catalog

Search Scopes


The Default search scope is set to MN North All Libraries - this will search ALL Minnesota North College Library holdings, meaning that results from all campus libraries will show.  You may also select a specific campus from the other Search Scope options to refine your search: 

  • MN North All Libraries
  • Hibbing
  • Itasca
  • Mesabi
  • Rainy River
  • Vermilion
  • All MnPALS Libraries

Click on the tabs within this box to learn more about the resources searched within each Search Scope.


The default Search Scope "MN North All Libraries" searches both physical and electronic item records held by all 5 Campus Libraries.

Library staff recommend narrowing this search down to the specific campus where you are located. Selecting one of the campus Search Scopes below will show you results held physically in that campus's library.

  • Hibbing
  • Itasca
  • Mesabi
  • Rainy River
  • Vermilion

This Search Scope searches physical items held by Minnesota State College and University Library Collections.

This search is recommended if the item you are looking for is not held at your campus's physical Library.

Students can request items held at other Minnesota State College and University Libraries for check out via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). This is a free service, available as part of the Minnesota North College Library's participation in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, MINITEX, and MnPALS.  

For more information about ILL and instructions on how to create an ILL request, visit the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) tab on the left side of the page.

Accessing Items - Physically and Online

Physical materials include Books, DVDs, Audiobooks, CDs, and more

Get It - Physical Location

If the item you are looking for is available in your Minnesota North College Campus Library, the "Get It" section will tell you where to find it.  

  1. In the search results list, click the item you are looking for
  2. On the item information page that pops up, scroll to the "Get It" section
  3. If the item is physically available in the Library, it will be listed under "Locations"
    • The "Location" will tell you if the item is available (and how many copies there are)
    • The "Location" will tell you which Collection the item is in
      • Example: in the image above, the item is in the Nonfiction Collection
    • After the collection, the item's call number will be listed
      • Example: in the image above, the call number is 530 L664w
      • Call numbers are used to organize books within a library. 
      • Call Numbers are printed on labels on books' spines
  4. If the item is physically available in the Library, go to the Collection where the item can be found, and then look for the section of that Collection with similar call numbers to the item you are looking for.  Once you have found the right area of the shelf, you should be able to use the call number and other information about the item (title, author, etc.) to find it.

Electronic resources include e-books, journal articles from library databases, and more

View Online

To access electronic resources held in Library Databases:

  1. Search the Library Catalog using the EBSCO Search Scope, the Library Catalog Search Scope, or the Everything Search Scope
  2. Select a result that is listed as "Available Online"
  3. On the item information page, scroll to the "View Online" section (shown above)
  4. Click on one of the links that will provide "Full text availability" 
    • This will open the resource in the Database or website where the item is available to read online


Requesting items from another Library is known as Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - or Resource Sharing

This is the process by which patrons can request items, both physical and digital, from other libraries, in this case, other Minnesota State College and University Libraries.

For Physical Items:
Using the Library Catalog, begin typing your search and select “All MnPALS Libraries” from the search locations that drop down. Locate the item you would like to request, then follow the instructions below.
For Electronic Items:
Using the Library’s EBSCO or Gale Databases, find the article you would like to request (note, you must have the “Full Text” filter turned off to access ILL articles).  Click on the “Request Item via Interlibrary Loan” link, then follow the instructions below.
  • Under “How to Get It” click “Sign In”
  • Sign in using your StarID and Password
  • Under “How to Get It” click “Resource Sharing”

Resource Sharing

  • Scroll to the bottom of the request form and click the checkbox to agree to the copyright terms
  • Click “Submit Request” button
  • A green confirmation will appear notifying you when your request has successfully sent.
    • When a physical item arrives, you will be notified by email. Physical items are kept at the Circulation Desk in the Library.
      • Physical items ship to the student's home campus.
    • Access to electronic resources is sent via email to the email address associated with your StarID (typically this is your student email).

Requesting materials is free.

Using the Advanced Search

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search provides options to search specific parts of an item's record, narrow your results to a specific material type or language, and limit your results by publication date.
  • Search Field: This option allows you to search by Title, Author, Subject, ISSN, or User Tags. This can be useful if you are looking for an item that has a specific word in the title, or if you want a book by a specific author.
  • Material Type: This option allows you to narrow your search down to a specific type of resource: Book, Journal, Article, Image, Sound Recording, Video/Film, or Dissertation. This can be useful if you are looking for a book rather than a journal, or if you want to find an article. (note that this is not an exhaustive list of the types of resources that can be found in the catalog)
  • Publication Date: This option allows you to limit your search to a specific date/year or range of dates/years.  This can be useful if you are looking for more recent publications.

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