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Collection Development Policy Statement: Geography

Analysis of the Subject Field

A. Chronology of the Subject: Emphasis/Restrictions

New developments in the field will always be sought, with retention of historical materials.

B. Languages of Resources Collected; Exclusions/Emphasis/Translations

The primary language of resources collected will be English. Works taking on an international perspective and providing international information are frequently available in English. The appropriate area studies librarian will consider monographs in other languages. Translations may be selected.

C. Geography of the Subject; Emphasis, Restrictions

Michigan and the United States are high priorities, although all regions of the world are sought, especially for interesting and illustrative urban manifestations and phenomena. Special emphasis on areas of focus in MSU International Studies and Programs.

D. Format of the Resources Collected; Restrictions, if any

All appropriate formats, including print, electronic, and films are collected.  Journals are preferred in electronic format, though a few small society publications still lack acceptable licensing terms to make the switch.  Books are mixed in paper and electronic format.  Adding research data is a potential step for this subject collection. For guidelines see  http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/c.php?g=139267 )

E. Date of Publication of Resources Collected; Emphasis, If Any

With the exception of essential historical works, important classics, or reprints as needed, materials published within the immediate past five years should be collected.

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