Many of our online resources are available only to current DCTC students and employees. If you are off campus, a form will ask for your StarID username and password. You may also log in with your ID card barcode or Aleph Patron ID if you have used these before.
View or Renew Your Checked Out Items
To view or renew your checked out items, you'll need to log into your MnPALS Plus account. You can do this here or on the MnPALS Plus Login page. Once you are logged in, click on . If you have permission to renew an item, there will be a link under the item's due date. If you've reached the maximum number of renewals or if another patron has requested the item, you won't be able to renew it. If you have any questions, please visit the Library or e-mail email@example.com.
MnPALS Plus login:
The DCTC Library is a great place to study, work on projects, meet in groups, or even just relax! We are located on the lower level on the west end of the college campus.
Computer and Internet Access
The DCTC Library offers 16 computers with Internet access. All computers feature both the Windows and Mac operating systems and all are equipped with the Microsoft Office Suite for all your assignment and classroom needs.
If you need help or instruction in using Microsoft Office, please consider taking advantage of our LearningLibrary Express database which offers free instruction for these computer skills. Information about LearningExpress Library is located in the right sidebar of this guide.
The Library features 4 meeting rooms: 2 meeting rooms seat 8 comfortably; the other 2 each seat 4. Each of the rooms is equipped with special features. We offer:
2 DVD/VHS players and monitors
A keyboard for practicing with headphones
Large, pull-down maps
Overhead projector and screens
MnPALS Plus: Our Catalog
Use our catalog, MnPALS Plus, to find books and videos in our collection, as well as ebooks and online videos.
The best way to begin a search in MnPALS Plus is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. To focus your search, use the Refine your search links that appear to the left of your results. You can also click on a relevant title and look for Similar Items on the right side of the screen.
If you don't find what you're looking for here, you can expand your search to include all libraries in the MnPALS system. Items from other libraries can be requested through interlibrary loan (ILL). The items will be delivered to the DCTC Library and you'll receive a notice when they're ready to pick up.
Films on Demand
These are just a few of our Online Resources for finding articles. The best way to begin searching a database is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. Each database is different, but there will be ways to limit and focus your results so that you find the most relevant and useful articles available.
Please visit the Library or contact us if you have any questions about our databases or if you'd like help finding articles on your topic.
See PALSconnect Linker for a list of magazines and journals you can access online, with links to full text.
Our EBSCOhost databases are an excellent place to search for magazine and journal articles.
Our Gale databases are another great place to find magazine and journal articles.
Search over 1,100 newspapers and news sources with ProQuest Newspapers.
Find full-text articles, legal information, and business content from more than 15,000 sources using LexisNexis Academic.
The Writing Center offers writing help to all DCTC students, including help with citing your sources. You can schedule an appointment by calling 651-423-8420 or visiting in person at the Learning Center, room 2-141L.
How to Cite Your Sources
There are different styles for citing the sources you use in your assignments. Your instructor will let you know whether to use APA, Chicago, MLA, or some other style.
Here are some introductory guides to these styles from the Purdue Online Writing Lab:
- Purdue OWL: APA Formatting and Style Guide
- Purdue OWL: Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition
- Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
For more details and examples, see the style guides listed on the right side of this page.
Our catalog and many databases can provide citations for the books, videos, and articles you find in them. Just look for a link that says Cite or Citation while the catalog or article record is on the screen, then select the appropriate style. It's easy to copy and paste citations into your bibliography! Be aware that these citations aren't always 100% accurate, so check them before turning in your assignment.
To cite sources from LexisNexis Academic, see this guide from the McGraw-Page Library at Randolph-Macon College.
Evaluating Web Sources
Here are some useful guides from other universities to help you evaluate information you find on the web.
Evaluating Information Found on the Internet (Johns Hopkins University)
Evaluating Print vs. Internet Sources (Purdue University)
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask (UC Berkeley)
"Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment."
This definition of plagiarism comes from the DCTC Student Code of Conduct, which you'll find on page 31 of the 2012 Student Handbook. See how easy that was?
Citing your sources is an essential step in the research process. This allows others to verify your information and gives credit to previous researchers and writers for their hard work.
Contact All of Us
Use the e-mail address or phone number below to reach us as quickly as possible:
These are shared by all library staff, so whoever checks their e-mail or answers the phone first will help you.
Contact a Specific Librarian
Danielle Hoveland, Circulation Technician
Areas of responsibility: circulation, interlibrary loan (ILL), course reserves, weeding
Regular hours: 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Danielle.Hoveland@dctc.edu , 651-423-8654
Michael Kirby, Head Librarian
Areas of responsibility: budget, collection development, policies, subscriptions, systems, web site
Regular hours: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Michael.Kirby@dctc.edu , 651-423-8406
Barbara Schuldt, Cataloging Technician
Areas of responsibility: cataloging, interlibrary loan (ILL), processing, weeding
Regular hours: 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Thursday
Barbara.Schuldt@dctc.edu , 651-423-8598
Barbara Tuttle, Reference Librarian
Areas of responsibility: collection development, instruction, reference, research assistance
Regular hours: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Barbara.Tuttle@dctc.edu , 651-423-8345
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Today's library is much more than the materials you see in the library's collection when you visit the library. The DCTC Library subscribes to many databases which are addtional collections containing thousands of materials that are available to our patrons, but would be impossible to house within the library itself. Databases offer users access to scholarly journal, magazine, and newspaper articles; reference e-books; reports; practice tests for board exams; tutorials; even tools that can help you with a job search! The DCTC databases can be accessed on or off-campus on the library's home page using the "Online Resources" link. Some of these databases are also featured in this guide.
All of our online resources and librarian-approved web sites are bookmarked in Delicious.
Introduction to EBSCOhost (4:05)
EBSCOhost Basic Search (1:53)
Using the EBSCOhost Result List (3:38)
Gale PowerSearch Tip Sheet (.pdf)
ProQuest - Basic Search (2:12)
ProQuest - Search Results (3:44)
Introduction to LexisNexis Academic (8:23)
LexisNexis Academic: Power Search Overview (5:05)
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.
Call Number: Reference BF76.7 .P83 2010
MLA handbook for writers of research papers, 7th ed.
Call Number: Reference LB2369 .G53 2009
The Chicago manual of style, 16th ed.
Call Number: Reference Z253 .U69 2010