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Materials to Support Research

Get what you need to complete your research.

decorative iconPurchase 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, check the catalog (CatSearch), Articles & Research Databases, or Journal Search to see if we already own the desired item.

decorative iconRequest 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 in your 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

decorative iconPublication Support 

The library can help you find the right place to publish your research through traditional or open education sources.  We currently have Read and Publish agreements with Cambridge University Press, Company of Biologists, and the Royal Society of Publishing. Some additional resources for publishing:

open access iconOpen 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 220 articles since its inception through November 2021.​


decorative iconCopyright & Author's Rights

The library can help decipher publishing agreements and assess copyright and Creative Commons licenses 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
For patent questions, contact the Technology Transfer Office.

For CC license questions, contact Doralyn Rossmann or Christina Trunnell.

Scholarworks & Data Management

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

scholarworks iconScholarWorks

ScholarWorks is an open access institutional repository that holds 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 services 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 iconData Management

The Library provides Data Management Resources to promote findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reuse for your data.