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MSU Library Services for Faculty

Discover the services the library provides in research & publication, teaching & learning, and technology services.

Materials and Information Sources to Support Research

Get what you need to complete your research.

" "Purchase Requests

Montana State University Library welcomes your recommendations for additions to our collections. Please use this form to give us details of any purchases you would like the Library to make.

Before submitting recommendations, you may wish to check the catalog (CatSearch), Articles & Research Databases, or Journal Search to see if we already own the desired item.


" "Request It!

Request materials from other libraries using Interlibrary Loan (ILL) or request scans of articles or chapters owned by the MSU Library.

Most article requests take 2-3 business days while most loan requests take 3-7 business days.  You can check the status of your requests within your ILLiad account (see “Requests on Order” or “All Requests”) or contact the ILL office in person, phone (406-994-3161), or e-mail us.

Publishing Your Work

Find support through the entire publishing process.

" "Publication Support

The library can help you find the right place to publish your research.


" "Copyright & Author's Rights

The library can help decipher publishing agreements and assess copyright for publications.

Although we do not offer legal advice, the library can help you navigate copyright, your rights, and your ability to reuse work. Email or call Leila Sterman for help [ext. 4519].

For more information on copyright, visit www.copyright.gov.
For patent questions, contact the Technology Transfer Office.


" "Open Access Author Fund

The Library provides an author’s fund to help remove the barrier between MSU authors and open access publishing. The program was started in 2014 and has funded over 150 articles since its inception through January 2019.​ 

Authors will receive no more than $2,000 per fiscal year on a rolling basis.

ScholarWorks & Data Management

Learn more about the library's institutional repository and data management services.

" "​ScholarWorks

ScholarWorks is an open access institutional repository for the capture of the intellectual work of Montana State University. ScholarWorks is a central point of discovery for accessing, collecting, sharing, preserving, and distributing knowledge to the MSU community and the world. Read more about ScholarWorks and other service available from the library's Publication Services.

Authors may send articles, CVs, or questions to Leila Sterman, so that we may assess the copyright of papers for submission into ScholarWorks.


" "Data Management

When your research data is ready to be published, the Library can facilitate data publishing and promote discovery.

Use the library's Data Management Planning Toolkit to help you write data management plans to comply with funder requirements.