About MnKnows

What is MnKnows, Dig Deeper @ Your Library?

MnKnows (or, read it Minnesota Knows, if you'd like) is a portal to Minnesota's online library services, welcoming you to use and explore the various electronic resources listed below. Minnesota's libraries cooperate to connect Minnesotans with the world of information, the content of their collections, and the expertise of their staff members. MnKnows is provided by Minitex, an information and resource sharing program of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the University of Minnesota Libraries.

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What is the MnLINK Gateway?

The MnLINK Gateway allows you to search multiple Minnesota libraries and subject databases with a single search. To search the MnLINK Gateway, enter your search term and you will see a list of the Minnesota academic, public, and state government libraries that own the material you are seeking. If you have a library card at a participating Minnesota library, you can request those materials online using the "Get It" button and have them sent to your local library.

How is the MnLINK Gateway funded?

The MnLINK Gateway is funded by an annual appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.

About Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM)

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What is ELM?

ELM provides Minnesota residents access to online databases of magazines, journals, newspaper articles, eBooks (electronic books), and other reference sources on a vast array of topics, including consumer information, arts and humanities, current events, health, science, social science, politics, and business. You can use ELM online all the time—24 hours a day, 7 days a week from your local library, school media center, home, or work.

How is ELM funded?

ELM is brought to you by your local library or school media center, Minitex, and State Library Services, the Minnesota state library agency with state appropriations to Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota Department of Education, and federal LSTA funds under the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The legislative intent is to provide Minnesotans with the best possible access to information resources across the educational spectrum, including K-12, higher education, state government and public libraries.

About Minnesota Reflections

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What is Minnesota Reflections?

Minnesota Reflections is an online collection of more than 135,000 photographs, maps, journals, and documents. You can search and view these unique resources from Minnesota's past: discover information about your family history; use it as a resource for writing about Minnesota history; access materials for use in class; or find out more about the cities and towns of Minnesota in which you live. Minnesota Reflections is a great resource for students, educators, historians, and all Minnesotans.

How is Minnesota Reflections funded?

The Minnesota Digital Library is funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Constitutional Amendment and is administered by Minitex. The Minnesota Digital Library is made possible by contributions of time and talent from many participating organizations.

Minitex, the administrative home of the MDL, also provides funding support for the MDL.

About AskMN

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What is AskMN?

AskMN is an instant chat service that allows you to communicate with an experienced librarian anytime, day or night, seven days a week. Within minutes, a professional can respond to your question, linking you to reliable information and resources. You can expect your session to take between 5 and 20 minutes. If your question requires further research, the librarian may follow-up your chat conversation with an email. AskMN is a free service available to Minnesota residents and students only.

How is AskMN funded?

AskMN is brought to you by Minitex and participating Minnesota libraries.

About Research Project Calculator

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What is the Research Project Calculator?

The Research Project Calculator helps students stay on track with research assignments. Choose from our research paper, video project, or slide presentation templates or start your own assignment from scratch. Enter the starting and due dates, and receive a schedule of milestones to complete it, with lots of tips and resources to help you along the way. You can even create an account and login to save your assignments, track your progress, and receive email reminders for your project milestones!

How is the Research Project Calculator funded?

The Research Project Calculator is funded by Minitex to develop Cool Tools for Minnesota secondary school students and their teachers. It is based on the original Assignment Calculator from the University of Minnesota Libraries.