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Applied Arts and Sciences at Missoula College: Research Help

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Search materials owned by the Mansfield Library and many of the library’s databases along with the holdings of 15 Montana academic libraries. 

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The Payne Family Library at Missoula College has two group study rooms that can be reserved.  Reserve a room.

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.

Keywords

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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