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.
Getting Started: Exploring a topic
These online sources can help you to choose and refine your topic. They will also provide you with the background information necessary for your research.
Find Sources with Article Databases
Find Statistics and Public Opinion
Find Market/Consumer/Business Trends
Search and find newspapers and magazines
This guide is a selected collection of current journals and magazines of news, commentary, and opinion. Here is a sample of what is sometimes called 'Long form journalism" -- longer, in-depth articles written by journalists but usually about or with experts like researchers or professors. They are written with less jargon then scholarly journal articles and are great sources to consult as you learn more about a topic. They feature stories about current or controversial topics. You can "browse" and read current issues or search.
Library research guides for current issues and topics
Doing research about current topics can challenging because the facts and stories continue to evolve. They are also impacted by the long and complex issues and histories underlying all events.
The following guides might be helpful to you as you do research on your topic.
Race, white privilege, anti-racism - Research Guide
by Kate Peterson Last Updated Feb 24, 2023 261 views this year
TikTok, Instagram, and social media research guide
by Kate Peterson Last Updated Feb 3, 2023 252 views this year
Housing, racial covenants, redlining, and segregation - research guide
by Kate Peterson Last Updated Sep 21, 2023 605 views this year
Covid-19 and Coronavius Research Guide (finding sources and articles ABOUT Covid-19)
by Kate Peterson Last Updated Sep 21, 2023 35 views this year
Education disparities, inequality and segregation - Research Guide
by Kate Peterson Last Updated May 16, 2023 47 views this year
Health disparities, health care inequality, and policy - Research Guide
by Kate Peterson Last Updated Jul 5, 2023 42 views this year
Guide for researching conspiracy theories and mystery topics
by Kate Peterson Last Updated Feb 24, 2023 1631 views this year
Climate change, energy, environment and sustainability topics research guide
by Kate Peterson Last Updated May 16, 2023 559 views this year
Maps and Mapping Data
Citing your sources (e.g. MLA, APA, etc.)
Many article databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier, Google Scholar) will create a citation for you. After you found the item, look for "cite" or "quotes." Here are examples:
In Google Scholar:
In Academic Search Premier:
Learn more about on annotated bibliographies
An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources, each of which is followed by a brief note or “annotation.”