Books and Videos

Browsing the Collection

Browsing the shelves is not a good method for finding a specific item but if you have not decided on a topic you may find inspiration just by looking through the following sections of the library's collection.

  • B-BD Philosophy
  • BL Religion
  • D History-Old World
  • E-F History-New World
  • G-GN Geography
  • H-HJ Economics
  • HM-HX Sociology
  • J-JC Political Science
  • JK US Politics and Government
  • K Law
  • M Music
  • N Fine Arts
  • P Language and Literature
  • U Military Science
  • V Naval Science

Library Catalog

Search the library catalog for books and videos physically located in the library. You are also able to use the "Everything" tab at the top of your results page to view a complete list of search results from the library catalog and all of the library's subscription databases.

Journal, Magazine, and Newspaper Articles

A to Z List of E-Journals and E-Books

Use the Category feature to access a complete list of periodicals for a specific subjct. Categories include: Arts and Humanities, Law, and Social Sciences

Academic Search Complete from EBSCOhost

A general academic database including scholarly journal articles and popular magazines covering all topics.

Expanded Academic ASAP from Gale

From arts and humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers.


U.S. newspaper content from local, regional, and national sources, including the: Bismarck Tribune, Devils Lake Journal, Williston Daily Herald, and other local papers.

NoveList Plus

Book recommendations for favorite authors, titles, and series. Search by title, plot or writing style to find read-alikes. Find reading lists for popular genres and non-fiction or browse reviews and discussion guides.

Proquest Newspaper Database

Online access to national and regional newspapers from across the United States.


Ancestry Library Edition

A source for family history online. (Only available from within a library.)

Britannica Academic Edition

The award-winning Britannica Online delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information.

Points of View Reference Center

A full-text database designed to provide researchers with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Topics covered include: affirmative action, capital gains tax, bank bailout, globalization, and many more.

Notable Print Reference Collection Titles

  • Dictionary of National Biography (Ref DA28 .D56)
    • A standard reference on notable figures from British history.
  • Great Lives from History (Ref CT214 .G74 1987)
    • A multi-volume series detailing the biographies of important people throughout history.
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography (Ref CT103 .M27)
    • A standard reference for world biographies
  • Oxford English Dictionary (Ref PE1625 .M7 1961)
    • A discriptive dictionary tracing the historical development of the English language.

Freely Available Online Resources

Encyclopedia Smithsonian

From the Smithsonian Insttitution, this resource provides bibliographies, curriculum idea,s and information on a wide range of topics.

Statistical Abstracts of the United States

Access full text chapters of narrative and tables from the Census Bureau's most recent edition back to 1878 of this publication.

World Digital Library

An online collection of books, photographs, maps, recordings, and other primary sources materials from institutions around the world.

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