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.

HCC Library Handouts

MLA 9th Edition Citation Guide - The HCC Library's brief guide to MLA citations of Books, Articles, and Electronic Resources in papers following MLA formatting

APA 7th Edition Citation Guide - The HCC Library's brief guide to APA citations of Books, Articles, and Electronic Resources in papers following APA formatting

Is it Plagiarism? - The HCC Library's Guide to preventing and catching Plagiarism

How to Search the Library Databases - The HCC Library's on the go guide to Searching the Library Databases

The CRAAP Test: Evaluating Resources & Information - The HCC Library's Guide to evaluating online sources for currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy, and purpose

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.
  • 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)

AskMN Chat Reference

Ask MN

AskMN Chat Reference is an online 24/7 reference service. To chat with an academic librarian in Minnesota about research questions, visit this site and click “College Research.” For general questions, click “Question on Any Topic.” AskMN is a cooperative service of Minnesota libraries. 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.