What is MOspace?

MOspace is the digital institutional repository of the University of Missouri System and is a joint initiative of the University libraries, the Office of Library Systems, and the Division of Information Technology. It is a permanent digital storehouse of research and knowledge focusing on works created by those connected with the University of Missouri.

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Why is MOspace important?

MOspace acts as a preservation tool and contributes to the international open access movement. Recent votes in favor of open access have passed in many institutions, including Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Stanford's School of Education.

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How is MOspace different from a personal website?

MOspace allows the library to preserve and provide open access to the items in a more permanent way than posting to a website. The use of DSpace software, an open source product developed at MIT, provides permanent URLs for documents deposited through it to the MOspace server.

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Who can access MOspace?

MOspace is open access, meaning anyone can view it from the open web. By providing free access to a rich body of work, MOspace promotes research and knowledge produced by the University of Missouri.

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What are the copyright implications of submitting to MOspace?

What types of works can be included in MOspace?

MOspace includes, but is not limited to, the following content types:

  • Audio and visual materials
  • Committee and task force reports
  • Conference papers, presentations and proceedings
  • Course materials and learning objects
  • Creative works
  • Data sets
  • Digital art
  • Journals published on the campus
  • Manuscripts
  • Organizational annual reports and newsletters
  • Pre-prints
  • Published and unpublished papers, articles, chapters and books
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Undergraduate research papers
  • Working papers and technical reports

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How are works collected for MOspace?

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit works directly. Staff members of the MU libraries collect works in two ways. They can download items from websites or upload items directly via author submission.

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Who can submit works to MOspace?

Faculty, staff, students, and other individuals or entities affiliated or associated with the University of Missouri can submit. Works co-authored by those not affiliated with the university are accepted. If you have any question, email mospace@missouri.edu

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What are the benefits of submitting works to MOspace?

MOspace provides content with increased visibility, a permanent URL, a dedication to preservation, and full-text searchability. Establishing MOspace is part of the crucial role libraries play in making knowledge accessible for a wider audience and preserving research and scholarship for future scholars. The

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How can I submit works to MOspace?

Authors associated the campuses in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis can submit works directly to mospace@missouri.edu or call 573-882-1685 for additional Information. Authors associated with the Missouri University of Science and Technology should visit the Submitting Content section of the Library Guide to Scholars’ Mine, email scholarsmine@mst.edu or call 573-334-4221 for additional information.

PDF is the preferred format for documents, but most electronic formats are accepted for submission. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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How do I cite something I find in MOspace?

Each item in MOspace has been assigned a "handle," a persistent URL you can use when citing the item in publications or other communications. In most citation styles, you'll treat the MOspace item as an electronic publication.

For example:

APA Style: Schlicher, M. A. (2008). Biofuels in the US: Today and in the future. AgBioForum, 11, 1-7. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10355/32.

Chicago Style: Schlicher, Martha A. "Biofuels in the US: Today and in the Future." AgBioForum 11 (2008): 1-7, http://hdl.handle.net/10355/32.

MLA Style: Schlicher, Martha A. "Biofuels in the US: Today and in the Future." AgBioForum 11.1 (2008): 1-7. 24 Feb. 2009 <http://hdl.handle.net/10355/32>.

Vancouver Style: Schlicher MA. Biofules in the US: today and in the future. AgBioForum 2008;11(1):1-7. Available from http://hdl.handle.net/10355/32.

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What do the BROWSE options do?

Browse allows you to go through a list of items in some specified order:

Browse by Community/Collection takes you through the communities in alphabetical order and allows you to see the subcommunities and collections within each community.

Browse by Title allows you to move through an alphabetical list of all titles of items in MOspace.

Browse by Author allows you to move through an alphabetical list of all authors of items in MOspace.

Browse by Subject allows you to move through an alphabetical list of subjects assigned to items in MOspace.

Browse by Date allows you to move through a list of all items in MOspace in reverse chronological order.

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How do I SEARCH MOspace?

What is searched in the general keyword search?

MOspace uses the Apache Lucene search engine. Here are some search hints:

The word(s) you enter in the search box will be searched against the title, author, subject abstract, series, sponsor and identifier fields of each item's record.

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What is NOT searched (Stop Words)?

The search engine ignores certain words that occur frequently in English, but do not add value to the search. These are:

"a", "and" , "are" , "as" , "at" , "be" , "but" , "by" , "for" , "if" , "in" , "into",

"is" ,"it" ,"no" , "not" , "of" , "on" , "or" , "such", "the" , "to" , "was"

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What other options do I have when constructing my search?

Truncation - Use an asterisk (*) after a word stem to get all hits having words starting with that root, for example:


will retrieve selects, selector, selectman, selecting.

Stemming - The search engine automatically expands words with common endings to include plurals, past tenses ...etc.

Phrase Searching - To search using multiple words as a phrase, put quotation marks (") around the phrase.

 "organizational change"

Exact word match - Put a plus (+) sign before a word if it MUST appear in the search result. For instance, in the following search the word "training" is optional, but the word "dog" must be in the result.

 +dog training

Eliminate items with unwanted words - Put a minus (-) sign before a word if it should not appear in the search results. Alternatively, you can use NOT. This can limit your search to eliminate unwanted hits. For instance, in the search

 training -cat or  training NOT cat

you will get items containing the word "training", except those that also contain the word "cat".

Boolean searching - The following Boolean operators can be used to combine terms. Note that they must be CAPITALIZED !

AND - to limit searches to find items containing all words or phrases combined with this operator, e.g.

 cats AND dogs

will retrieve all items that contain BOTH the words "cats" and "dogs".

OR - to enlarge searches to find items containing any of the words or phrases surrounding this operator

 cats OR dogs

will retrieve all items that contain EITHER the words "cats" or "dogs".

NOT - to exclude items containing the word following this operator, e.g.

 training NOT cat

will retrieve all items that contain the word "training" EXCEPT those also containing the word "cat".

Parentheses can be used in the search query to group search terms into sets, and operators can then be applied to the whole set, e.g.

 (cats OR dogs) AND (training OR discipline)

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How do I use the Advanced Search form?

What are Communities?

MOspace content is organized around Communities which can correspond to administrative entities such as schools, departments, labs and research centers. Within each community there can be an unlimited number subcommunities and an unlimited number of collections. Each collection may contain an unlimited number of items. This organization gives MOspace the flexibility to accommodate differing needs of communities by allowing them to

  • Decide on policies such as
    • who contributes content
    • whether there will be a review process
    • who will have access
  • Determine workflow - reviewing, editing, metadata
  • Manage collections

Each community has its own entry page displaying information, news and links reflecting the interests of that community, as well as a descriptive list of collections within the community.

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What are Collections?

Communities can maintain an unlimited number of collections in MOspace. Collections can be organized around a topic, or by type of information (such as working papers or datasets) or by any other sorting method a community finds useful in organizing its digital items. Collections can have different policies and workflows.

Each MOspace collection has its own entry page displaying information, news and links reflecting the interests of users of that collection.

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What are Handles?

When your item becomes a part of the MOspace repository it is assigned a persistent URL. This means that, unlike most URLs, this identifier will not have to be changed when the system migrates to new hardware, or when changes are made to the system. MOspace is committed to maintaining the integrity of this identifier so that you can safely use it to refer to your item when citing it in publications or other communications. Our persistent urls are registered with the Handle System, a comprehensive system for assigning, managing, and resolving persistent identifiers, known as "handles," for digital objects and other resources on the Internet. The Handle System is administered by the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), which undertakes, fosters, and promotes research in the public interest.

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