Dakota County Technical College Library

Interpersonal Communication Course Guide

Online Reference

Reference books and online resources like Britannica Academic, Credo Reference, and Salem Online are great for improving your background knowledge on almost any topic. These resources also provide images and videos, which you can use to liven up your papers and presentations.


Britannica Academic


Credo Reference


Salem Online

Evaluating Web Sources
Cite Your Sources

Writing Center


The Writing Center offers writing help to all DCTC students, including help with citing your sources. You can schedule an appointment by calling 651-423-8420 or visiting the Learning Center, room 2-141L.


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 most databases provide citations for the books, videos, and articles you find in them. Just look for a link that says Cite or Citation, then select the appropriate style. It's easy to copy and paste citations into your bibliography!


Avoid Plagiarism


"Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials."


This definition of plagiarism comes from page 1 of DCTC's Student Code of Conduct. 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.

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About This Guide

Welcome to the DCTC Library's Interpersonal Communication course guide. This guide will help you to

  • find online reference resources
  • find books, videos, ebooks, and streaming videos
  • find magazine, journal, and newspaper articles
  • identify trustworthy information on the web
  • and cite your sources

In the Library

We have many interpersonal communication books in our collection. Some of these are on reserve and must be used in the Library, but they'll always be here when you need them.


Find Books & Videos

Our Catalog: MnPALS Plus


Use our catalog, MnPALS Plus, to find books and videos in our collection. More than 184,000 ebooks from our EBSCO eBooks Collection are also available through our catalog. Many of these ebooks have to do with interpersonal communication. Roughly 54,000 streaming videos from our Films On Demand database are also included in our catalog.





The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. To narrow your results, use the Modify Search options on the right side of the screen. You can also click on a relevant title and click on one of its subject headings to focus your search on that particular topic.


Our collection is organized by Library of Congress call numbers. If you like to browse, most books and videos about interpersonal communication are shelved in the BF637, HF5718, HM132, and HM1106-1171, call number ranges. Ask a librarian if you need help finding anything.


Interlibrary Loan


If we don't have what you're looking for, you can expand your search to include all libraries in the MnPALS system or even all libraries in Minnesota. You can request items from other libraries through interlibrary loan (ILL). You'll receive a notice when the items are ready to pick up here at the DCTC Library. Ask a librarian if you have any questions.

Find Articles

Below you'll find just a few of our many Online Resources for finding magazine, newspaper, and journal articles. The best way to begin your search 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.


Please visit the Library or contact us if you have any questions about our databases or if you'd like help finding articles on your topic.​


Our EBSCO databases are the best place to start your search for magazine and journal articles.


Gale Our Gale databases are another great place to find magazine and journal articles.
ProQuestSearch nearly 2,800 newspapers, newswires, and news sites with ProQuest Global Newsstream.
LexisNexisFind full-text news articles, legal information, and business content from more than 15,000 sources using LexisNexis Academic.
Google ScholarSearch and explore scholarly literature with Google Scholar. Some citations include links to full-text content.

If you have a citation for an article from a specific publication, use Journal Finder to see if we have access to the full text. If not, you can request the article through ILL and in most cases you'll receive a digital copy via e-mail in less than a week.


Please visit the Library or contact us if you have any questions about our databases or if you'd like help finding articles on your topic.​

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LearningExpress Library is an outstanding resource for academic and career development with hundreds of online tutorials, practice tests, and ebooks.


The Computer Skills Center module includes video courses on Microsoft Access, Excel, and other Office programs.


The Career Center module includes ebooks to help you with your job search, interviewing, networking, and workplace skills.


The College Center module can help you develop your math, reading, writing, and science skills.

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