Research Tools

Need research tips? Don’t know how to cite your source? Worried about accidental plagiarism? Look no further! These resources have information on research methods, citation, and plagiarism. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Just ask a librarian at the circulation desk, call (218) 262-6746, or try the AskMN chat reference service!


Open Educational Resources

HCC LibGuides

LibGuides, or Library Guides are subject guides developed by Librarians to help students, faculty, and staff find Library and Online Resources for their courses more easily. HCC’s LibGuides also feature curated collections of links to Open Educational Resources. Students and Faculty can request the creation of new guides for courses or specific research topics by reaching out to HCC Library staff.


Citation Tools

  • Purdue Owl
    • This comprehensive guide to MLA and APA citation styles is maintained by Purdue’s Writing Center. Browse the guides for these two citation formats by using the links in the left navigation bar.
  • APA Style
    • This in-depth resource maintained by the American Psychological Association delves into the most particular citation issues associated with APA citation. New to APA? This site has a guide for beginners as well.
  • Academic Citation Resource Guide
    • Whether you’re using APA, MLA, CMS or some other major citation style, this Ultimate Citation Resource Guide has you covered via 40 links to style guides, FAQs, tutorials, quizzes, sample papers, and tools to make your citation and research processes more streamlined.
  • Zotero
    • Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.
  • Bibliography
    • Bibliography.com is a free tool that allows you to create a bibliography of citations in APA, MLA, or Chicago style.

Plagiarism Tools

  • QueText
    • This free online plagiarism checker allows users to copy and paste the text of their papers into the plagiarism checker. It then scans the internet for sentence and phrase matches, and identifies plagiarized sections by underlining them in red. Users must create a FREE account to check more than one paper.
  • PapersOwl
    • This free online plagiarism checker allows users to copy and paste the text of their papers into the plagiarism checker. It then scans the internet for sentence and phrase matches, and identifies plagiarized sections by underlining them in red. Note that users can only paste 3000 words at a time without creating an account. (paste your paper 3000 words at a time to avoid this)

Chat Reference

askmn-logo.pngChat Reference is an online 24/7 reference service, available through AskMN.org. To chat with an academic librarian in Minnesota about research questions, visit their site and click “College Research.” For general questions, click “Question on Any Topic.” Remember that these librarians are located around the state of Minnesota; the HCC library does not provide on-site chat reference at this time. If you have a question about the location of an item in the HCC library, please ask at the circulation desk or call (218) 262-6746.