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Welcome to Normandale Library
Use this page to find resources for your local problem research assignment.
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Find Minnesota State Information, formerly known as Northstar, is the state of Minnesota's web portal. It links to all the Minnesota state agencies, the governor, and legislature. There is lots of local and state information.

Minnesota State Legislature
The Minnesota legislature website includes sections for the House; the Senate; Minnesota laws, statutes, and rules; and information on the status of bills considered each session.

Minnesota Links to the World
The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library compiled this list of links to Minnesota-based state agencies, nonprofits, advocacy groups, and other organizations by topic.

Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)
Includes transit plans and statistics.
Find Minnesota County Information
Minnesota County Websites
The Association of Minnesota Counties keeps this up-to-date list of links to county websites.

Tip: In general, county websites follow the web address format

Minnesota Department of Health - Data
The Minnesota Public Health Data Access portal at the Minnesota Department of Health includes statistics by topic and region, including interactive county profiles with environmental and health data (cancer, immunization, air quality, etc.) for each county in Minnesota.

Find Minnesota City Information
Minnesota City Websites
League of Minnesota Cities logoThe League of Minnesota Cities keeps a database of city contact information. Select your city of interest from the list, click "Search," and click on the city name to display the web address of the official city website.
Tip: In general, city websites follow the web address format
Find Local & Regional Newspaper Articles
Minnesota Sources (Newsbank) Restricted Resource
A collection of close to 100 news sources from around the state including newspapers, videos, web-only content and journalistic blogs.
Minneapolis Star Tribune (Newsbank) Restricted Resource
Local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community.
St. Paul Pioneer Press (Newsbank) Restricted Resource
Local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community.
Note: 1988-

ProQuest News & Newspapers A national database of newspapers and news sources. Be sure to limit your search to local places by adding in keywords for local locations (Minnesota, Hennepin County, Bloomington, etc.).

Search the Star Tribune in ProQuest News
Find Background Information
Article databases search for journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. Reference databases search reference books and encyclopedias. Use these databases to find background information on your topic. These are good places to find broad information relating to your topic. Note: You will not use these to find specific, regional information on your topic.

General OneFile Restricted Resource
General OneFile logoSearch for information in mainstream, popular, specialized, and scholarly journals, 5 major newspapers, and 89 wire services.
Note: 1980 - present
MasterFILE Premier Restricted Resource
MasterFILE PremierMulti-disciplinary database of over 16,000 publications. Coverage varies.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Restricted Resource
Gale Virtual Reference Library logoGale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of full-text e-books that includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, and reference books in biography, history, literature, medicine, and more.

Book Search Unrestricted Resource

Book Search searches the listing of books and ebooks available at the Normandale Library.

Search Other Local Publications
Minnesota Newspapers Directory
Links to Minnesota newspaper websites, including local, special interest, and college and university papers.

City Pages
Minneapolis/St. Paul weekly magazine with news features.

Minnesota Daily
University of Minnesota's student newspaper. Enter your search term in the search box in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage.

Twin Cities Daily Planet
Twin Cities Daily Planet logoNonprofit news website that publishes original articles and republishes selected articles from community newspapers and blogs. Articles are usually written by volunteer citizen journalists.

MinnPost logoA nonprofit Minnesota news website staffed by professional journalists covering politics and culture.
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Use Library Resources Off Campus
Access Databases from Off Campus
In order to access databases and other Library resources from off campus, login with your StarID and password when prompted.  Off-campus access to library databases is only available to current Normandale students, staff, and faculty.
I Have a Topic. Now What?
Now What? pdfThis two-page PDF file lists questions you may want to ask yourself as you are researching your local problem and suggests places to go to get the information you need.
Cite Your Sources (MLA)
MLA Quick Guide
See MLA citation examples for the most common types of sources (8th edition).

MLA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
This website offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, and the Works Cited page.
What is Research?

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