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I. Purpose and Program Description

A. Library's Collection Development Objectives

The collection's primary purpose and emphasis is to support studies at the B.S. degree level in Physical Sciences. Students in this program may be preparing for entrance to graduate programs in chemistry or for work in government or private laboratories. In addition, the collection supports those students wishing to follow a professional program leading to a career in the health sciences. The collection is also used by students that take the general science courses in astronomy, geology, meteorology and physical sciences that are part of the University's core curriculum. In addition, the collection supports faculty teaching and research. The interdisciplinary nature of the physical sciences requires that students and faculty consult related collections in the library.

B. Curricular Program Description

The Physical Sciences Department is one of seven departments within the School of Sciences. The Bachelor of Science degree program provides options in the specialty areas of chemistry and pre-medical sciences in addition to the physical sciences option.

C. Overlap with Other Academic Disciplines and Library Collections


II. General Selection Guidelines

A. Languages: English is the primary language of the collection. Foreign language materials are excluded. Key works originally published in a foreign language will be purchased only in English translation.

B. Chronological Coverage: Emphasis is on the 20th-century forward, but no period is excluded from consideration for the collection.

C. Geographical Coverage: No limitations.

D. Types of Material: Included are encyclopedias, handbooks, directories, standard chemical dictionaries, statistical works, analytical research reports, monographs, and journals. All depository items issued by the Superintendent of Documents are acquired. In addition, publications and proceedings of professional organizations such as the American Chemical Society are acquired on a selective basis.

E. Imprint Date: Current in-print publications receive priority; however, selected retrospective publications are purchased in available formats as budget permits.

F. Physical Format: Hardbound and paperbound books, including those containing software or multi-media discs are selected extensively.   Pamphlets, serials, and periodicals are collected selectively. Microforms and audiovisuals are collected selectively in consultation with the Physical Sciences.

G. Treatment of Subject: Publications encompassing general science, physics, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical and theoretical chemistry, and biochemistry are acquired extensively. Historical materials dealing with the development of        physical science and chemistry, including biographies and autobiographies of scientists are collected on a more selective basis.  

H. Place of Publication: Emphasis is given to materials published in the United States, Canada and the U.K.. Materials from all other places are collected selectively.

I. Acquisitions Plans Affecting Physical Science/Chemistry:

1.) Standing Orders:  

American Assoc. Advancement of Science
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Official Methods of Analysis of the Assoc. of   Official Analytical Chemists
Science and Technology Annual Reference Review

2.) Approval Plans: Blackwell North America: Forms; Baker & Taylor: Forms.

J. Major Assessment/Selection Tools: American Chemical Society.   Guidelines and Suggested Title List forUndergraduate Libraries; American Reference Books Annual; Books for College Libraries; Crane, Evan J. A Guide to the Literature of Chemistry; Katz, Bill. Magazines for Libraries; General Science Index; Maizell, Robert E. How to Find Chemical Information; Sheehy, Eugene P. Guide to Reference Books.

K. Deselection/Replacement: Currency is of primary importance in the field of Physical Science/Chemistry. Every effort is made to insure that the collection is up-to-date and germane to the degree programs offered. Thus erroneous and dated materials are prime candidates for deselection/replacement, unless they retain some seminal or historical value. Materials for deselection or replacement are evaluated in accordance with the General Collection Management and Development Policy statement on Deselection/Replacement.

L. Classification That Defines the Scope of the Collection:

Q - Science, general
QC - Physics
QD - Chemistry
QR - Microbiology
QH 201-278 - Microscopy
QH 301-705 - Biology, including biochemistry
TP - Chemical Technology

M. Recommended Collection Level: 3aE

Library Liaison: Williams                 Subject: GENERAL SCIENCE



Collection Level

LC Class Descriptor Existing Strength Desired Strength
Q 1-113 Societies. Collected Works. 1A 1B
Q 121-123 Dictionaries. Encyclopedias 1A 2A
Q 124.6-127 History, Modern, Special Period And Country 1A 2A
Q 130-145 Biography. Individual Biography and Directories 1B 1B
Q 147-149 Science as a profession 1A 1B
Q 151-157 Science: Early works to 1800 0 0
Q 158-173 Science: General Works, 1801- 1B 2A
Q 174-175 Philosophy. Methodology 1A 1B
Q 175-176 General and Social Aspects 1B 1B
Q 179 Terminology, research, study. Teaching Tables & Directories 0 1A
Q 180 General works. History. 1A 1B
Q 181-199 Study & Teaching Tables 1A 2A
Q 295 System Theory 1B 2A
Q 310-360 Cybernetics. Artificial Intelligence. Information Theory 1A 1B
Q 310 Cybernetics 1A 1B
Q 334-336 Artificial Intelligence 2A 2A
Q 360 Information Theory 1A 2A
QC Physics    
QC 1-75 Periodicals, Collected Works, Reference History, Biography Directories & Mathematical Physics 1A 2A
QC 81-114 Weights and Measures 1A 2A
QC 122-168 Descriptive & Experimental Mechanics 1A 2A
QC 171-220 Atomic Physics. Constitution & Properties of Matter 1B 2A
QC 173-173.5 Nuclear Physics. Constitution of Matter and Antimatter 1A 2A
QC 173.96-174.8 Quant. Theory, Quant. Mechanics, Wave Mechanics, Matrix Mech. and Statistical Physics 1A 2A
QC 175-176 Statistical Mechanics. Kinetic Theory of Gases and Liquids and Solid State Physics 1A 2A
QC 177-178 Theories of the Ether. Theories of Gravitation 1A 2A
QC 182-220 Special Properties of Matter and Antimatter 0 2A
QC 221-246 Acoustics. Sound 1A 2A
QC 251-338 Heat: 1A 2A
QC 311-319 Thermodynamics 1A 2A
QC 319.8-338 Heat Transfer 1A 2A
QC 350-495 Optics. Light:    
QC 350-369 General Works 1A 2A
QC 371-376 Optical Instruments and Apparatus 1A 2A
QC 381 Geometrical Optics 1A 1A
QC 398-449 Physical Optics 1A 2A
QC 450-467 Spectroscopy 1B 2A
QC 474-496 Radiation Physics: 1A 2A
QC 494-496 Color 1B 2A
QC 501-581 History. General Works 1B 2A
QC 601-612 Electric Current. Conductivity 1A 2A
QC 630-667 Electrodynamics. Electric Waves. Electromagnetic Fields 1A 2A
QC 669-675 Electromagnetic Theory 1A 2A
QC 680-689 Quantum Electrodynamics 1A 2A
QC 701-718 Electric Discharge. Plasma Physics. Ionized Gases 1A 2A
QC 721 Physics of Particles 1B 2A
QC 750-764 Magnetism. Nuclear Magnetism 1A 2A
QC 770-799 Nuclear & Particle Physics. Nuclear Energy. Radioactivity: 1A 2A
QC 773-774 History. Biography 1A 0
QC 776-787 General Works. Handbooks, Tables and Instruments 1A 2A
QC 790-796 Nuclear Fission. Nuclear Fusion Atomic Energy, Elementary Particle Physics and Radioactivity 1A 2A
QC 801-809 Geophysics. Cosmic Physics 1A 1B
QD 71-77 General Works 2A 3A
QD 79 Chromatography. Instrumental Analysis. Thermal Analysis 2A 3A
QD 81-83 Qualitative Analysis 1B 3A
QD 95-96 Spectrum Analysis 2A 3A
QD 101-142 Quantitative Analysis 1A 3A
QD 147-154 Reference Works. General Works 2A 3A
QD 156 Inorganic Synthesis 2A 3A
QD 162-181 Gases. metals. Special Elements 1A 3A
QD 241-257 General Works 1b 3a
QD 258-281 Operations in Organic Chemistry: 1A 3A
QD 262 Organic Rynthesis 1B 3A
QD 271-272 Organic Analysis 1A 3A
QD 281 Other Special Methods 2A 3A
QD 301-350 Compounds 1B 3A
QD 380-388 Polymers 1B 2A
QD 390-412 Other Organic Compounds 1B 3A
QD 410-412 Organometallic Chemistry 2A 3A
QD 415-436 Biological Chemistry 1A 3A
QD 461 Atomic and Molecular Theory 1A 3A
QD 462 Quantum chemistry 2A 3A
QD 466-470 Chemical Elements 2A 3A
QD 471-475 Chemical Compounds. Properties and Structures 1B 3A
QD 477 Acids and Bases 1B 3A
QD 478 Solid State Chemistry. Chemical Models 1A 3A
QD 481 Stereochemistry 1A 3A
QD 501-505 Conditions and Laws of Chemical Change 1B 3A
QD 502-505 Reaction Rates and Mechanisms. Chemical Equilibrium and Thermodynamics. Catalysis 2A 3A
QD 506 Surface Chemistry 1B 3A
QD 510-536 Thermochemistry 1A 3A
QD 541-544 Theory of Solution 1A 3A
QD 551-591 Electrochemistry 1A 3A
QD 601-731 Radiation Chemistry Photochemistry 1A 3A
QD 905-908 Reference Works 1A 2A
  Crystal Structure and Growth 1B 2A
QD 941-999 Optical Properties of Crystals X-ray Crystallography 1A 2A
QH 201-278.5 Microscopy 2B 3A
QH 301-705 Biology (general) incl. gen. biochemistry 2A 3A
QH 345-347 Biochemistry 2A 3A

Rev. 3/31/1997*, 1/19/2011 (jk)

* (included alterations in collecting focus recommended by Dr. Rawlings)

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