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Collection Development Policy Statement: Packaging

Analysis of the Subject Field

A. Chronology of the Subject

The emphasis is on current research and trends in the packaging industry.

B. Languages of Resources Collected

The primary language of acquired materials is English. There is a limited amount of French, Spanish, and German language material.

C. Geography of the Subject

The primary emphasis is on the United States, Canada, and Great Britain; however, since international coverage is highly desired, English-language publications may be purchased regardless of country of origin or geographic treatment.

D. Format of the Resources Collected and Treatment of the Subject

The research journal is very important, but trade publications are also heavily utilized. Because of the undergraduate component, monographs also serve an important function. Emphasis has traditionally been on print materials; however, video and microform formats may be considered. Electronic resources will become even more prevalent in the future.

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

E. Date of Publication of Resources Collected

The primary focus is on current materials, although some retrospective collection building may be done.

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