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Flipster digital magazines

Flipster
Flipster is a digital magazine service featuring a variety of popular magazines. You’ll need your library card number and a computer or mobile device with Internet access. Once you’ve logged into Flipster and found a magazine to read, click on the cover to read the title in your browser.  Magazines can be downloaded to Apple or Android devices for offline reading anytime anywhere. See our Flipster FAQ page for answers to common questions.

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Biographies

Biography in Context
This biographical database contains entries on more than half a million people throughout history and spanning the globe. You will need your library card to access it from outside the library.

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Catalogs

SELCO catalog
The SELCO catalog contains hundreds of thousands of items from dozens of libraries in 11 counties in southeastern Minnesota. You will need your library card and PIN (usually the last 4 digits of the phone number you gave us when you signed up for a card) to order items
MnLINK
Use this catalog to search for and order items from all over the state of Minnesota. You will need your library card to order items but you will NOT need a PIN.

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Chilton car repair

Chilton
This database provides “exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks” dating back to 1940. You will need your library card to access it from outside the library.

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Genealogy

Heritage Quest Online
American genealogical sources, primary sources, local and family histories, images, finding aids. Coverage from late 1700’s and includes U.S. Federal Censuses from 1790 through 1940, 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books, Periodical Source Index (PERSI) Archive (1800-2009), and much, much more!
Ancestry.com Library Edition
U.S. collections deliver hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records. Also includes millions of records from Canadian, U.K., and Europe. Available only from within the library.

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Learn a foreign language

Mango Languages
Learn a new language for free! Mango Languages is an online language learning service geared toward teaching practical conversational skills. Lessons combine real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. You will need your library card to access it from outside the library, as well as a modern browser with Adobe Flash. Mango offers over 60 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English (for Spanish speakers), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Swedish, and Spanish (Latin America).

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Magazine articles

EBSCO Megafile
EBSCO MegaFILE is a multi-disciplinary database providing full text for over 19,100 total publications and indexing & abstracting for nearly 24,000 publications. Coverage spans every area of academic study and general interest subject area and offers information dating as far back as the 1800s. In addition, the database contains more than 85,800 biographies, 118,000 primary source documents, 10,150 company profiles and an image collection of over 502,000 photos, maps and flags. The library has access to other article databases through ELM, but most people will be able to find what they need in this database.

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Newspaper articles

ProQuest
This database contains full text articles from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press and over 1,000 other newspapers.

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Students

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Recommended websites

Listed below are a number of websites that we at the library use frequently or that we have had many patrons express an interest in. If you are looking for recommended websites in other subject areas, or in much greater depth, we suggest you look at the Hennepin County Library list of subject guides

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