Library Searching Basics for Students
Finding reliable sources for your assignments can be tough, but as a CIS student, you have full access to support from the UMN Libraries! Take a tour of our website and learn how you can efficiently search for online sources that will dazzle your teachers (and maybe some ebooks or streaming videos for fun too)! Chat us 24/7, you can ask us anything!
Welcome to the University of Minnesota Libraries
Do you have your UMN Email (also called Internet ID or x.500)?
Initiating or claiming your account will give you access to thousands of online journals, magazines, newspapers and ebooks at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Your teacher may need to provide information to complete this step. Ask them.
Setting up DUO
You also need to set up Duo Authentication to get access to things like your UMN email and to use many of the research tools on the U Library website. The IT Technology online help can answer questions on this.
Tip: If you are unable to initiate your account you can find scholarly articles with Academic Search Premier, find background information on your topic with Encyclopedia Britannica Academic Edition and find Pro/Con on current issues with Points of View Reference Center.
Course-Specific Pages (get started with research for your course)
- AFRO 1101: Introduction to African American Studies
- ANSC 1101: Introduction to Animal Science
- APEC 1101: Principles of Microeconomics
- APEC 1102: Principles of Macroeconomics
- BIOL 1015: Human Physiology, Technology, and Medical Devices
- CI 1563: Physics by Inquiry
- CI 1806: College Algebra through modeling
- CI 3901/CI3902: Exploring the Teaching Profession
- COMM 1101: Introduction to Public Speaking
- EE 1301: Introduction to Computing Systems
- EE 1701/EE 1703: Climate Crisis: Implementing Solutions
- ENGL 1001W: Introduction to Literature: Poetry, Drama, Narrative
- EPSY 3264: Basic and Applied Statistics
- FSOS 1211: An Interdisciplinary Look at the Family in Multicultural America
- HIST 1307: Authority and Rebellion: American History to 1865
- HIST 1308: Global America: US History Since 1865
- MATH 1371: CSE Calculus 1
- PHYS 1101W: Introductory College Physics
- POL 1001: American Democracy in a Changing World
- PSY 1001: Introduction to Psychology
- WRIT 1201: Writing Studio
- WRIT 1301: Trend Analysis Assignment
- WRIT 1301: Ethnography Assignment
World and Classical Languages
Get help from the U Libraries - Online!
Peer Research ConsultantsMake an online 30 minute appointment for one-on-one peer assistance with your research. Get help with researching your topic, finding sources, citing sources and more. Peer Research Consultants can also help you get started with faculty-sponsored research.
Chat 24/7 online with the LibrariesAsk us anything! Chat with a librarian, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with any research or library questions.
Schedule an online consultation with the LibrariesSchedule an online consultations for personalized research support primarily for University of Minnesota faculty, instructors, graduate and undergraduate students and staff.
Assignment CalculatorEnter in the due date for your research project (paper, speech, lab report) and get a suggested time-line for completing with links to the resources to help you succeed in each step.
Effective U (Online Tutorials)
As a student, you've probably realized you need new skills for dealing with the many tasks filling up your semester: studying, classes, work, finances, family, friends. Explore these free online tutorials to learn new ways to manage your time, manage stress, take better notes, and prepare for tests.
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Teachers: Request Virtual or In-Person Libraries Workshop
The UMN Libraries offer millions of online resources which College in the Schools teachers and students can take full advantage of. Take a tour of our website, lib.umn.edu, to learn how to navigate our large system. Remember that we're always here to help!
Request a virtual (or in-person) session for your class:
Schedule a virtual classroom visit, a trip to campus or we can record an instructional video based on your assignment. Complete the form below with your details. Send an email to Kate Peterson (email@example.com) with questions.