College in the Schools Guide

Bring together links and resources for library and research support for "College in the Schools" (CIS) students and teachers.

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.

Get help from the U Libraries - Online!

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Effective U (Online Tutorials)

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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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Tutorial: Successful research papers

Successful research papers module in EffectiveU. Self-paced.
After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:
  • Use strategies to pick a research paper topic
  • Develop a research question or thesis statement
  • Brainstorm keywords to build an effective search
  • Find high-quality sources using library search tools like databases
  • Evaluate search results and sources for your research papers and projects

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,, 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 ( with questions.

Last Updated: May 23, 2024 4:06 PM