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Collection Development Policy Statement: Nursing

Analysis of the Subject Field

A. Chronology of the Subject

The emphasis is on current practice and policies. The journal literature reflects the cumulative body of nursing knowledge.

B. Languages of Resources Collected

Only English language material is collected. Translations are seldom selected.

C. Geography of the Subject

The emphasis is on North America, although materials from the UK and other English-speaking countries are considered.

D. Format of the Resources Collected

Serials, monographs, encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, directories, proceedings, government publications, bibliographies, videos/streaming videos, images, and materials related to certification, licensure and specialized education/training are collected.

Research data - particularly data that is not already openly available or that cannot/will not be placed in exisiting research data repositories - may be collected. For additional guidelines, please see MSU's Digital Research Data Collection Development Policy.

Not collected: Theses from other institutions, catalogs, programmed texts, study guides, laboratory manuals, ephemera, clinical software. The College of Nursing maintains its own alternative format collection.

E. Date of Publication of Resources Collected

The emphasis is on current publications. Material older than five years is seldom considered unless gaps in significant series are being filled.

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