McCauley, David. Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
Call Number: T47 .M18 1998
Text and numerous detailed illustrations introduce and explain the scientific principles and workings of hundreds of machines. Includes new material about digital technology.
The Handy Technology Answer Book
Balban, Naomi E. and James E.
Call Number: T47 .B2165 2016
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. 20 volumes.
Call Number: REFERENCE Q121 .M3 2012
A comprehensive encyclopedia containing over seven thousand articles covering all aspects of science and technology.
Also look at visual dictionaries shelved in call number PE1629 (both in reference and main collection.)
Technology books, which includes automotive, are shelved in the T section.
MnPALS Plus: Our Catalog
Use our catalog, MnPALS Plus, to find books and videos in our collection, as well as ebooks and online videos.
The best way to begin a search in MnPALS Plus is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. To focus your search, use the Refine your search links that appear to the left of your results. You can also click on a relevant title and look for Similar Items on the right side of the screen.
If you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in with Star ID.
Our Gale databases are a great place to find technical and scientific information, as well as magazine and journal articles.
These include the Chilton Library, for automotive repair information. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the last 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. For diagrams, consult the Repair section of your make and model.
The best way to begin searching our article databases is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. Each database is different, but there will be ways to limit and focus your results so that you find the most relevant and useful articles available.
Our EBSCOhost databases are an excellent place to search for magazine and journal articles.
Search over 1,300 full-text newspapers and news sources with ProQuest Newspapers.
Find full-text articles, legal information, and business content from more than 11,000 sources using LexisNexis Academic.
Business Source Premier features the full text for more than 2,300 journals in all business disciplines. Coverage includes marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance, and economics. Additional non-journal content includes company profiles, country reports, industry profiles, market research reports, and SWOT analyses.
Gale Business Insights: Global
Detailed company and industry profiles including SWOT resports, market share reports, and financial reports.
The portal to information from all agencies of the federal government.
Statistical information gathered from the U.S. Census.
State of Minnesota
Minnesota's government web portal, with links to all kinds of information on business, economics, demographics, and more.
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (MN Deed)
A wealth of information from the stte for business and job seekers.
Minnesota Compass is a data and statistics project that measures progress in Minnesota and its regions, counties, and cities in areas such as education, economy and workforce, health, housing, and public safety.
Minnesota Issues Resource Guides
Extensive resources on Minnesota-related issues, compiled by the MN Legislative Reference Library.
The Met Council studies and publishes reports on many issues concerning the Twin Cities metro area: parks, transportation, planning, and more.
The county website, with links to information pertaining to Dakota County issues. Click on the Government tab for the most info.
For city information, do a Google search of the city you're interested in. It may be useful to add keywords such as "planning," "development," or the specific issue you're investigating.
Directory for locating manufacturers and suppliers. A good source for pricing information.
LearningExpress Library is an outstanding resource for academic and career development with hundreds of online tutorials, practice tests, and ebooks.
The Computer Skills section has links to tutorials about how to use PowerPoint.
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Contact All of Us
Use the e-mail address or phone number below to reach us as quickly as possible:
These are shared by all library staff, so whoever checks their e-mail or answers the phone first will help you.
The Writing Center offers writing help to all DCTC students, including help with citing your sources. You can schedule an appointment by e-mail, phone (651-423-8420), or in person at the Learning Center (room 2-141).
How to Cite Your Sources
There are different styles for citing the sources you use in your assignments. Your instructor will let you know whether to use APA, Chicago, MLA, or some other style.
Here are some introductory guides to these styles from the Purdue Online Writing Lab:
Our catalog and many databases can provide citations for the books, videos, and articles you find in them. Just look for a link that says Cite or Citation while the catalog or article record is on the screen, then select the appropriate style. It's easy to copy and paste citations into your bibliography! Be aware that these citations aren't always 100% accurate, so check them before turning in your assignment.
To cite sources from LexisNexis Academic, see this guide from the McGraw-Page Library at Randolph-Macon College.
Evaluating Web Sources
Here are some useful guides from other universities to help you evaluate information you find on the web.
Evaluating Information Found on the Internet (Johns Hopkins University)
Evaluating Print vs. Internet Sources (Purdue University)
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask (UC Berkeley)
"Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment."
This definition of plagiarism comes from the DCTC Student Code of Conduct, which you'll find on page 31 of the 2012 Student Handbook. See how easy that was?
Citing your sources is an essential step in the research process. This allows others to verify your information and gives credit to previous researchers and writers for their hard work.