Welcome!

Welcome to the library’s Publication and Data Services blog!

(photo by Kelly Gorham)

We’re passionate about all the innovative research happening at MSU, from the pathogens Sheila Nielsen-Preiss’s team sent to the International Space Station for microgravity studies, to Sarah Vogt’s research on how heat changes the structure of Mozzarella and Cheddar cheeses.

One of our most exciting projects is ScholarWorks, MSU’s open access institutional repository. ScholarWorks aims to capture our university’s intellectual work, and it is a central point of discovery for accessing, collecting, sharing, preserving, and distributing knowledge to the MSU community and the world.

Here at the blog, we’ll be sharing about MSU research, scholarly communication, open access, and data. We’ll also be posting citations and links to articles published by MSU researchers. We’re constantly amazed by the breadth of scholarly inquiry happening on our campus.

We hope you’ll join the conversation!

- Sara and Leila

11/18 Workshop: Excel 2010 Basics

Free workshop 11/18 from 12-1 pm in the Heathcote Classroom of Renne Library.

Learn the basics of Excel, with an eye toward troubleshooting common problems. Topics to cover: general spreadsheet formatting, data formatting (%, $, etc.), using formulas and functions, referencing cells in formulas, inserting and formatting charts, and printing

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Register and see more library workshops here.

11/17 Workshop: EndNote: Citation Management

Free workshop 11/17 from 2-3 pm in the Innovative Learning Studio of Renne Library.

EndNote is now available for free for MSU users. See how EndNote X7 makes formatting citations and managing bibliographies easy! Learn to search, import records, add notes, find articles, manage PDFs, and format papers using any one of thousands of citation styles. This workshop covers how to get EndNote, share references, and use both the desktop and online version.

Registration is recommended but not required. Walk-ins welcome as long as there is room. Bring your own laptop and install EndNote during the workshop.

Register and see more library workshops here.

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Tip of the Week: Group Room Reservations

As we approach the end of the semester, days get shorter, and study sessions get longer! If you need a place to study with your group, check out the library’s options for group room reservations. Equipped with whiteboards and display screens, you can reserve these rooms online with your NetID and password. Just follow the link below, and choose “Schedule a Group Room.”

http://www.lib.montana.edu/request/

You do not need to check-in or get a key. Simply show up at your reserved time, and get to work!

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Trial Resource: Chicago Manual of Style Online

A trial of the Chicago Manual of Style is available through February 28, 2015.

Chicago Manual of Style OnlineThe Chicago Manual of Style Online provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age and includes the full contents of the 16th and 15th editions. The Quick Guide, found under tools, provides clear examples of how to use Chicago-style citation. The Chicago Manual of Style Online also includes the popular Chicago Style Q&A, a resource that thousands have found entertaining and informative. The Q&A content is fully searchable along with the content of The Chicago Manual of Style. Your queries will return results—clearly distinguishable—from both the Manual and the Chicago Style Q&A. The Chicago Style Q&A also features monthly polls and interviews of interest to anyone who works with words. Lastly, the Chicago Manual of Style Online provides convenient Tools, such as sample correspondence, proofreaders’ marks, and a quick guide to citation.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online is available to unlimited users via networked computers on the MSU campus in Bozeman and via the proxy server: http://www.lib.montana.edu/resources/item/648. Please direct questions or comments to Kirsten DeMoss, Electronic Resources & Discovery Services Librarian, kirsten.demoss (at) montana.edu.

Tip of the Week: Cans for Fines!

The 15th annual Can the Griz competition is taking place from November 8-Saturday, November 22. The MSU Library is a designated drop off point for canned goods, and as an added incentive, you can also trade cans of food for fines!

We will deduct $0.50 per can, up to $10 total, from any fines you might have. This does not apply to lost books, damages, etc. Stop by the Borrow Desk, and tell us you want to swap cans for library fines, and help MSU can the Griz!

Can the Griz will end at halftime during the Cat/Griz game on November 22.

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Database Trial: Social Explorer

Social Explorer

A trial of Social Explorer is available through Wednesday, December 3rd. Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to historical census data and demographic information. It creates fast, intuitive, and appealing maps and reports to help users visually analyze and understand demography and social change throughout history. An invaluable repository of information, the site currently includes the entire US Census history from 1790 to 2000, all annual updates from the American Community Survey, and the Religious Congregations and Membership Study from 1980 to 2000. More than a just data source, Social Explorer offers a high level of functionality and control. Users can customize, save, print, and email maps and reports and export them to a variety of programs and statistical packages for further analysis and use in reports and presentations. The site is updated three times annually with new data.

Social Explorer is available to unlimited users via networked computers on the MSU campus in Bozeman and via the proxy server: .  Please direct questions or comments to Kirsten DeMoss, Electronic Resources & Discovery Services Librarian, kirsten.demoss (at) montana.edu.

CatSearch: Did you know?

Did you know that CatSearch makes article recommendations to enhance your research experience with the bX Recommender? The bX Recommender is a service within CatSearch that makes article recommendations to extend your research. With an ever-growing database of information based on the usage data from millions of other researchers, the bX Recommender helps you discover relevant articles across journals, publishers, and platforms.

Check it out! When searching for articles, you can explore relevant articles in your CatSearch results by clicking on the Recommendations tab.bX RecommenderTo begin your research in CatSearch, click here.

11/5 Workshop: EndNote: Citation Management

Free workshop 11/5 from 12-1pm in the Innovative Learning Studio of Renne Library.

EndNote is now available for free for MSU users. See how EndNote X7 makes formatting citations and managing bibliographies easy! Learn to search, import records, add notes, find articles, manage PDFs, and format papers using any one of thousands of citation styles. This workshop covers how to get EndNote, share references, and use both the desktop and online version.

Registration is recommended but not required. Walk-ins welcome as long as there is room. Bring your own laptop and install EndNote during the workshop.

Register and see more library workshops here.

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