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Collection Development Policy Statement: Osteopathic Medicine

Analysis of the Subject Field

A. Chronology of the Subject

The emphasis is on current practice and policies.

B. Languages of Resources Collected

Osteopathy originated in the United States and is presently an American profession; therefore, English language material dominates. Key texts or translations in other languages may be purchased.

C. Geography of the Subject

Because osteopathy originated in the United States, the overwhelming majority of the literature is produced in the United States.

D. Format of the Resources Collected

Serials, encyclopedias, audiovisual material, dictionaries, atlases, directories, proceedings, government publications, bibliographies, examination review materials, and materials related to certification, licensure and specialized education/training are collected.  Electronic format is preferred for almost all material types.   

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.  HIPAA privacy laws may preclude the collection of clinical data . For additional guidelines, please see MSU's Digital Research Data Collection Development Policy.

Not collected: Theses from other institutions, catalogs, ephemera, and clinical software.

E. Date of Publication of Resources Collected

The emphasis is on current publications, though all material from the beginning of osteopathy in 1865 may be considered.

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