Recommend a Good Book!

We’d like to know what you consider a “good read” — a book you’d recommend to any student. It could be fiction, non-fiction, about any subject…

Please recommend these books at: (This is a secure Qualtrics link and will not result in spam)

Why? The MSU Library’s collection, the popular reading area in the center of the Library Commons (1st floor), needs to be refreshed this summer. It was created in fall 2013, thanks to input from faculty, staff and students. For the past two years we have featured student recommendations in that area. These books have been wildly popular: in the first year (2013-2014), the collection had an overall circulation rate of 87%.

To recommend a book (or several), please use the link above to give us the title(s). We will purchase the books this summer and display them for browsing and checkout in the popular reading area (beside Brewed Awakening) by the start of fall semester. They will be available for all MSU students, staff, and faculty to check out – as well as Montana community borrowers.

Our (soft) deadline for these recommendations is May 11th in order to process the books in time for fall. If you have any questions or other ideas for us, please let us know – or fill out the comments box in the survey.

Thank you for helping to promote reading at MSU. Come and check out the Bobcat Browse collection yourself!

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New Database: Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence-Based Practice

The Joanna Briggs Institute and logoThe MSU Library now subscribes to the Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence-Based Practice database. This resource includes the complete evidence-based practice content set from the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI). Coverage includes a wide range of medical, nursing, and health science specialties:

  • Evidence Summaries
  • Evidence Based Recommended Practices
  • Best Practice Information Sheets
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Consumer Information Sheets
  • Systematic Review Protocols
  • Technical Reports

Smaller specialty segments of the database include, aged care, burns care, cancer care, chronic disease, diagnostic imaging, emergency & trauma, general medicine, health management & assessment, infection control, mental health, midwifery care, rehabilitation, surgical services, wound healing & management, pediatrics, and tropical & infectious disease. For more information on this resource, please see the attached fact sheet.

The JBI database 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 Ostergaard, Electronic Resources & Discovery Services Librarian, kirsten.ostergaard (at)


After reviewing the CrossRef and EZID fee structures with our Executive Team, we’ve decided to subscribe to EZID. A major factor in this choice is our recent commitment to minting DOIs for every record in ScholarWorks. With several thousand records now needing DOIs, we would have ended up paying a substantial amount with CrossRef’s per-DOI fee structure. EZID’s flat fee seemed like a better fit—simpler and more cost-effective for our needs. After exchanging a couple of emails and signing a service agreement, we are up and running. Our first DOIs will be minted this week!

New Database: AIAA Meeting Papers

aiaa_logoThe American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics publishes approximately 5,000 papers from AIAA Forums and supported conferences annually. Covering every aspect of aerospace, the Meeting Papers represent the complete source of recent research results and thinking from engineering and science to policy and standards. A complete archive, researchers have access to historical first papers published by the AIAA in 1963 through current year.

The AIAA Meeting Papers are 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 Ostergaard, Electronic Resources & Discovery Services Librarian, kirsten.ostergaard (at)

DOIs and ARKs: What Are They, and Why Use Them?

This year, we at Publication and Data Services have started looking into adding unique identifiers to the content in our digital collections, including ScholarWorks. Almost as soon as scholarly content began to be published online, there arose the problem of “reference rot”when links to online content no longer work. A recent study in PLOS ONE looked at millions of articles and found that one in five reference links were broken. (And just yesterday, an update was published on the Impact of Social Sciences blog.) A New York Times article from last year highlighted reference rot in Supreme Court cases. It’s not only inconvenient to click on a link that leads to a 404 error page, it threatens our scholarly legacy. To combat this problem, several persistent identifier formats have been developed, including the Handle System, Universal Resource-Identifier/Locator/Name (URI/URL/URN), Digital Object Identifier (DOI), Archival Resource Key (ARK), and Universally Unique Identifier (UUID). Academic journals and digital libraries now commonly use these persistent identifiers in order to make sure that their digital content is available into the future. (Just a note: we use the word “persistent” in order to hedge against the more forceful “permanent.” These identifiers are designed to help combat reference rot, but they are only as permanent as the institutions that mint and maintain them. If you’d like to learn more, here’s an interesting blog post discussing some of the nuances of DOIs.)

Right now, we use a hybrid of Handles and URIs in ScholarWorks. When we upload a record to the repository, it automatically gets a unique URI that contains a Handle (for example, the URI has Handle 1/3413). The idea is that this URI is a persistent link for citation purposes. But a couple of factors have gotten us thinking about alternatives to our system. First, while looking into how to make our DSpace repository better looking, we realized that it might help to switch from the XMLUI interface to the JSPUI interface of DSpace. We don’t have to get into the differences between these interfaces. But you can see in the example URI from ScholarWorks that “XMLUI” is actually part of our unique identifier. If we were to switch interfaces, all of our so-called “persistent” URIs would break.

Our second consideration is that Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are quickly becoming the standard for scholarly articles and data sets, and a few recent publications have shown DOIs to be robust persistent identifiers, especially for data. We’ve also seen some examples of ARKs being used for digital archival content, and right now our digital photos and documents don’t have persistent identifiers at all. We decided to look into assigning DOIs to our articles and data, and assigning ARKs to our digital collections.

The main difference between DOIs and ARKs is that DOIs are generated and managed by a few specific organizations, whereas ARKs can be generated and managed by any institution. The process of becoming a DOI-minting agency is expensive, and therefore DOIs are only offered by a couple of services. DOIs are used more often by publishers and online data providers, and the DOI agencies make most of the technical decisions surrounding DOI minting and metadata. On the other hand, it is free to procure a Name Assigning Authority Number (NAAN) in order to generate ARKs, and open source software can be used to mint ARKs and create associated metadata. ARKs tend to be used by cultural institutions, and each ARK-generating institution is free to define its own policies and services.

Right now there are two main minters of DOIs: California Digital Library (CDL) EZID service, and CrossRef. For a PhD granting research institution like MSU, EZID’s annual subscription fee is $2500, with a million DOIs and unlimited ARKs included. CrossRef’s pricing is determined by publishing revenue; since we make less than $1 million per year from our publishing ventures, CrossRef would only cost us $275 per year, with an additional fee of $1.00 for each publication and $.06 for each data set. Since at this point, we don’t plan to mint many DOIs, it looks as though CrossRef might be the way to go. The one hitch in the plan is if we still want to assign ARKs to our digital archival collections. CrossRef doesn’t provide an ARK generating service, so we’d have to get a Name Assigning Authority Number from CDL and set up a system for creating our own.

Is this all too much trouble? Should we just pay the $2500 for EZID and call it good? The answer, of course, has to be determined by our administrators. I’m meeting with our Executive Team tomorrow, and I’ll post an update next week about decision.

New Database: Social Explorer

Social Explorer

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.

Once connected through our institutional account, patrons may setup an individual account to save, share, and collaborate on maps and projects. Personal accounts help users take full advantage of Social Explorer’s features.  (It is not necessary to setup a personal account to access Social Explorer’s resources and tools.)

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 Ostergaard, Electronic Resources & Discovery Services Librarian, kirsten.ostergaard (at)

December Publications

December was a busy month for publishing at MSU. We hope you enjoy looking through this list as much as we have enjoyed creating it. As always, if we are missing something let us know! [] And, if you cannot access an article, try the Library’s Citation Linker


Glacier National Park, MT, USA. Credit: Erich Peitzsch, USGS


December Publications from Montana State University

Nugent, Paul W., Joseph A. Shaw, and Nathan J. Pust. Radiometric calibration of infrared imagers using an internal shutter as an equivalent external blackbody. Optical Engineering. December 2014. Pages 123106.

Miller, Zachariah J., and Fabian D. Menalled. Impact of species identity and phylogenetic relatedness on biologically-mediated plant-soil feedbacks in a low and a high intensity agroecosystem. Plant and Soil. December 2014.

Peters, John W., Gerrit J. Schut, Eric S. Boyd, David W. Mulder, Eric M. Shepard, Joan B. Broderick, Paul W. King, and Michael W. W. Adams. [FeFe]- and [NiFe]-hydrogenase diversity, mechanism, and maturation. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta.

Thoman, Dustin B., Elizabeth R. Brown, Andrew Z. Mason, Allen G. Harmsen, and Jessi L. Smith. The Role of Altruistic Values in Motivating Underrepresented Minority Students for Biomedicine. BioScience. December 2014.

Boyd, Eric S., Trinity L. Hamilton, Kevin D. Swanson, Alta E. Howells, Bonnie K. Baxter, Jonathan E. Meuser, Matthew C. Posewitz, and John W. Peters. [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Abundance and Diversity along a Vertical Redox Gradient in Great Salt Lake, USA. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. December 2014. Pages 21947-21966.

Litt, Andrea R., Erin E. Cord, Timothy E. Fulbright, and Greta L. Schuster. Effects of Invasive Plants on Arthropods. Conservation Biology. December 2014. Pages 1532-1549.

Reddy, Gadi V. P., Shaohui Wu, Roberto Refinetti, Loke T. Kok, Roger R. Youngman, and Fang-Sen Xue. Photoperiod and Temperature Effects on the Adult Eclosion and Mating Rhythms in Pseudopidorus fasciata (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae). Environmental Entomology. December 2014. Pages 1650-1655.

Cooksey, Keith E.. Regulation of the initial events in microalgal triacylglycerol (TAG) synthesis: hypotheses. Journal of Applied Phycology. November 2014.

Boyce, Richard D., Patrick B. Ryan, G. Niklas Noren, Christian Reich, Jon Duke, Nicholas P. Tatonetti, Gianluca Trifiro, Rave Harpaz, J. Marc Overhage, Abraham G. Hartzema, Mark Khayter, Erica A. Voss, Christophe G. Lambert, Vojtech Huser, and Michel Dumontier. Bridging Islands of Information to Establish an Integrated Knowledge Base of Drugs and Health Outcomes of Interest. Drug Safety. August 2014. Pages 557-567.

Davis, William E., Joshua A. Hicks, Rebecca J. Schlegel, Christina M. Smith, and Matthew Vess. Authenticity and self-esteem across temporal horizons. The Journal of Positive Psychology. April 2014. Pages 116-126.

Woodruff, D. Cary , and John R. Foster. The fragile legacy of Amphicoelias fragillimus (Dinosauria: Sauropoda; Morrison Formation latest Jurassic). Volumina Jurassica. December 2014. Pages 211-220.

Bekkerman, Anton, Heidi Schweizer, and Vincent Smith. The Impacts of the Canadian Wheat Board Ruling on the North American Malt Barley Markets. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. December 2014. Pages 619-645.

Simanonok, Michael P., and Laura A. Burkle. Partitioning interaction turnover among alpine pollination networks: spatial, temporal, and environmental patterns. Ecosphere. November 2014. Pages art149-art149.

Shrestha, Sanjib K., Cheng-Wei T. Chang, Nicole Meissner, John Oblad, Jaya P. Shrestha, Kevin N. Sorensen, Michelle M. Grilley, and Jon Y. Takemoto. Antifungal amphiphilic aminoglycoside K20: bioactivities and mechanism of action. Frontiers in Microbiology. December 2014.

Shi, Xianming, Scott Jungwirth, Michelle Akin, Ron Wright, Laura Fay, David A. Veneziano, Yan Zhang, Jing Gong, and Zhirui Ye. Evaluating Snow and Ice Control Chemicals for Environmentally Sustainable Highway Maintenance Operations. Journal of Transportation Engineering. November 2014. Pages 05014005.

Eisenberg, Michael L. , Shufeng Li, Barry Behr, Renee Reijo Pera, and Mark R. Cullen. Relationship between semen production and medical comorbidity. Fertility and Sterility. January 2015. Pages 66-71.

Seifert, John G., and David A. Connor. The influence of commercial energy shots on response time and power output in recreational cyclists. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. December 2014. Pages 56.

Newell, George E., Jennifer VanDerHeide, and Allison Wynhoff Olsen. High School English Language Arts Teachers’ Argumentative Epistemologies for Teaching Writing. Research in the Teaching of English. . Pages 95-119.

Tang, Wei, Liyan Song, Dou Li, Jing Qiao, Tiantao Zhao, Heping Zhao, and Benfang (editor) Lei. Production, Characterization, and Flocculation Mechanism of Cation Independent, pH Tolerant, and Thermally Stable Bioflocculant from Enterobacter sp. ETH-2. PLOS One. December 2014. Pages e114591.

Beliaev, Alexander S., Margie F. Romine, Margrethe Serres, Hans C. Bernstein, Bryan E. Linggi, Lye M. Markillie, Nancy G. Isern, William B. Chrisler, Leo A. Kucek, Eric A. Hill, Grigoriy E. Pinchuk, Donald A. Bryant, H. Steven Wiley, Jim K. Fredrickson, and Allan Konopka. Inference of interactions in cyanobacterial-heterotrophic co-cultures via transcriptome sequencing. ISME Journal. April 2014. Pages 2243-2255.

Huerta, E. A., Prayush Kumar, Sean T. McWilliams, Richard O\’Shaughnessy, and Nicolas Yunes. Accurate and efficient waveforms for compact binaries on eccentric orbits. Physical Review D. October 2014.

Thiel, C. W., R. M. MacFarlane, Y. Sun, T. Bottger, N. Sinclair, and R. L. Cone. Measuring and analyzing excitation-induced decoherence in rare-earth-doped optical materials. Laser Physics. October 2014. Pages 106002.

Bessire, Brody K., Sridhar A. Lahankar, and Timothy K. Minton. Pyrolysis of Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA). ACS applied materials & interfaces. December 2014.

Ricciardelli, Lucia. American Documentary Filmmaking in the Digital Age: Depictions of War in Burns, Moore, and Morris.  December 2014. Pages 1-162.

Brileya, Kristen A., Laura B. Camilleri, Grant M. Zane, Judy D. Wall, and Matthew W. Fields. Biofilm growth mode promotes maximum carrying capacity and community stability during product inhibition syntrophy. Frontiers in Microbiology. December 2014.

Lacivita, Enza, Igor A. Schepetkin, Madia L. Stama, Liliya N. Kirpotina, Nicola A. Colabufo, Roberto Perrone, Andrei I. Khlebnikov, Mark T. Quinn, and Marcello Leopoldo . Novel 3-(1H-indol-3-yl)-2-[3-(4-methoxyphenyl)ureido] propanamides as selective agonists of human formyl-peptide receptor 2. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry. December 2014. Pages 404-416.

McWethy, David B., Cathy Whitlock, Janet M. Wilmshurst, Jamie R. Wood, Matt S. McGlone, and Janet M. Wilmshurst. A High-Resolution Chronology of Rapid Forest Transitions following Polynesian Arrival in New Zealand. PLoS One. November 2014. Pages e111328.

Kopp, Willian, Felipe A. Silva, Lionete N. Lima, Sueli H. Masunaga, Paulo W. Tardioli, Roberto C. Giordano, Fernando M. Araujo-Moreira, and Raquel L.C. Giordano. Synthesis and characterization of robust magnetic carriers for bioprocess applications. Materials Science and Engineering: B . March 2015. Pages 217-228.

Michaud, Alexander B., John E. Dore, Deborah Leslie, W. Berry Lyons, David C. Sands, and John C. Priscu. Biological ice nucleation initiates hailstone formation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. November 2014. Pages 12,186-12,197.

Anderson, D. Mark, Resul Cesur, and Erdal Tekin. Youth depression and future criminal behavior. Economic Inquiry. January 2015. Pages 294-317.

Schmitt, J, F Jackson, and R. Hanna. Debris flow origin of an unusual Late Cretaceous hadrosaur bone bed in the Two Medicine Formation of western Montana. Hadrosaurs (book). December 2014.

Tripet, Brian P., Katelyn E. Mason, Brian J. Eilers, Jennifer Burns, Paul Powell, Andreas M. Fischer, and Valerie Copie. Structural and Biochemical Analysis of the Hordeum vulgare L. HvGR-RBP1 Protein, a Glycine-Rich RNA-Binding Protein Involved in the Regulation of Barley Plant Development and Stress Response. Biochemistry. Pages 7945-7960.

Schaible, George A., Gary A. Strobel, Morgan Tess Mends, Brad Geary, and Joe Sears. Characterization of an Endophytic Gloeosporium sp. and Its Novel Bioactivity with Synergistans. Microbial Ecology. December 2014. Pages 1-10.

Seguin, Rebecca, Leah Connor, Miriam Nelson, Andrea LaCroix, and Galen Eldridge. Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Healthy Eating and Active Living in Rural Communities. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. December 2014. 2014. Pages 146502.

Benstead, Jonathan P., James M. Hood, Nathan V. Whelan, Michael R. Kendrick, Daniel Nelson, Amanda F. Hanninen, and Lee M. Demi. Coupling of dietary phosphorus and growth across diverse fish taxa: a meta-analysis of experimental aquaculture studies. Ecology. October 2014. Pages 2768-2777.

Xu, Xing, Zhonghe Zhou, Robert Dudley, Susan Mackem, Cheng-Ming Chuong, Gregory M. Erickson, and David J. Varricchio. An integrative approach to understanding bird origins. Science. December 2014. 6215 .Pages 1253293.

Anderson, Ryan, Erica Eggleton, and Lifeng Zhang. Development of two-phase flow regime specific pressure drop models for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. January 2015. Pages 1173-1185.

Hansen, Andrew J., and Linda B. Phillips. Which tree species and biome types are most vulnerable to climate change in the US Northern Rocky Mountains?. Forest Ecology and Management. February 2015. Pages 68-83.

Fritz, B. G. , D. K. Walker, D. E. Goveia, A. E. Parker, and D. M. Goeres. Evaluation of Petrifilm Aerobic Count Plates as an Equivalent Alternative to Drop Plating on R2A Agar Plates in a Biofilm Disinfectant Efficacy Test. Current Microbiology. December 2014. Pages 1-7.

Hoyt, Teri R. , Erin Dobrinen, Irina Kochetkova, and Nicole Meissner. B cells modulate systemic responses to Pneumocystis lung infection and protect on-demand hematopoiesis via T cell-independent, innate mechanism when type-I-IFN-signaling is absent . Infection and Immunity. December 2014. Pages Infection .

Babbitt, William Randall, Zeb W. Barber, Scott H. Bekker, Michael D. Chase, Calvin Harrington, Kristian D. Merkel, R. Krishna Mohan, Tia Sharpe, Colton R. Stiffler, Aaron S. Traxinger, and Alex J. Woidtke. From spectral holeburning memory to spatial-spectral microwave signal processing. Laser Physics. September 2014. Pages 094002.

Oja, Terhi , Brianna Blomqvist, Kelli Buckingham-Meyer, Darla Goeres, Pia Vuorela, and Adyary Fallarero. Revisiting an agar-based plate method: What the static biofilm method can offer for biofilm research. Journal of Microbiological Methods. December 2014. Pages 157-160.

Long, John A., Rick L. Lawrence, Perry R. Miller, Lucy A. Marshall, and Mark C. Greenwood. Adoption of cropping sequences in northeast Montana: A spatio-temporal analysis. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. December 2014. Pages 77-87.

Spuler, S. M., K. S. Repasky, B. Morley, D. Moen, M. Hayman, and A. R. Nehrir. Field deployable diode-laser-based differential absorption lidar (DIAL) for profiling water vapor. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. November 2014. Pages 11265-11302.

Rebane, Aleksander. Causality and associative holography of time-and-space domain events. Laser Physics. September 2014. Pages 094010.

Hauptman, Blake S., Frederic T. Barrows, Stephanie S. Block, T. Gibson Gaylord, John A. Paterson, and Wendy M. Sealey. Potential for a Mycotoxin Deactivator to Improve Growth and Performance of Rainbow Trout fed High Levels of an Ethanol Industry Co-Product, Grain Distiller’s Dried Yeast. North American Journal of Aquaculture. July 2014. Pages 297-304.

Kirk, Karin B., Anne U. Gold, Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Susan Buhr Sullivan, Cathryn A. Manduca, David W. Mogk, and Katryn Wiese. Undergraduate Climate Education: Motivations, Strategies, Successes, and Support. Journal of Geoscience Education. November 2014. Pages 538-549.

Johnson, Gregory D., Charlie S. Bahnson, Patricia Ishii, Zachary N. Cochrane, D. Grant Hokit, Paul J. Plummer, Lyric C. Bartholomay, and Bradley J. Blitvich. Monitoring sheep and Culicoides midges in Montana for evidence of Bunyamwera serogroup virus infection. Veterinary Record Open. 2014. Pages e000071.

Li, Yongxin, Yaoyao Zhang, Scott Jungwirth, Nicholas Seely, Yida Fang, and Xianming Shi. Corrosion inhibitors for metals in maintenance equipment: introduction and recent developments. Corrosion Reviews. December 2014. Pages 163-181.

Ragen, Devon L., Erin E. Nix, Rachel L. Endecott, Patrick G. Hatfield, Mark K. Petersen, and Janice G. P. Bowman. Individual mineral supplement intake by ewes swath grazing or confinement fed pea-barley forage. Animal Feed Science and Technology. December 2014.

Roediger III, Henry L., Michelle L. Meade, David A. Gallo, and Kristina R. Olson. Bartlett revisited: Direct comparison of repeated reproduction and serial reproduction techniques. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. December 2014. Pages 266-271.

Collins, J. Michael, and Carly Urban. The dark side of sunshine: Regulatory oversight and status quo bias. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. November 2014. Pages 470-486.

Simpson, Patricia Anne. Provocations for the Future. Women in German Yearbook. December 2014. Pages 225-235.

Paws to de-Stress

paws logoStressed out? Come take a break to de-stress with registered Therapy Dogs in the MSU Library Commons during dead week and finals week.

Schedule of times:

Schedule fall 2014

This event is free and open to the public.

CatSearch: Did you know?

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