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Applied Arts and Sciences at Missoula College: Research Help


This guide will get you started in your research. Please contact us with questions or for in-depth help with your projects and assignments!

Come to the library to check out course reserve items, books, videos, calculators and laptops.

You can also print, scan and photocopy at the library.


OneSearch provides access to materials available through the Mansfield Library and the libraries of fifteen other colleges and universities in Montana. It replaces the online catalog and searches the contents of many databases in addition to print and electronic holdings.

Reserve a Group Study Room

Reserve a Room

The Mansfield Library at Missoula College has three group study rooms. The Loft space holds ten students and has cable television and a dvd/vcr. The Quiet Study Room on the east side of the library holds six and has a dvd/vcr. The Work Room next to the photocopy area holds eight students and has a dvd/vcr.

Suggested Library Resources for AAS

The Department of Applied Arts and Sciences offers courses to fulfill an AA or AS degree, primarily in the fields of communication, mathematics, social science, science and writing.


Brainstorming keywords will help you refine your topic, find the most information about your topic and save you time by helping you search databases in a more efficient and systematic way.

(Why? Different authors will refer to the same concept in different ways. Having a comprehensive list of keywords to search will help you find more relevant information.)

1. Pick out the main ideas in your research question. For example, the main ideas in this research question are in bold: “How does legalization of marijuana affect mental health rates in the United States?”

2. Take each of your main ideas and brainstorm as many synonyms, related words, acronyms, initialisms and spelling variants as you can. For example, for "United States":

  • United States of America
  • America
  • USA
  • U.S.A.
  • U.S.

3. Do this for each of your main ideas. Searching all the variants you can come up with will give you a broader selection of relevant information. It might help to make a chart to keep track of the combinations you have tried.

Ask Us! We're Here to Help

Visit the Payne Family Library at Missoula College from 8am to 5pm Monday-Friday. You may also visit the reference desk at the mountain campus library from 8am to 5pm Monday-Friday and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday.

Call the Payne Family Library at Missoula College at (406) 243-7820 or contact the reference desk at the mountain campus library at (406) 243-6866.

Email a UM Librarian; you will receive a response within 24-48 hours.

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Research Workshops

Mansfield Library Workshop Schedule

Our workshops cover topics such as literature reviews, research skills, technology, citation management, and much more!