Emphasis is comprehensive.
In sociology, classical works by the founders of this discipline are essential as are other historical works (e.g. political philosophy) paralleling and tracing the development(s) of thought. Works reflecting the continuing and ongoing evolution of this discipline should form the major portion of the collection. This should include new sociological thought and research as well as new applications or combinations of classic sociological philosophies in the present day. With the abiding emphasis in numeracy, data sets and statistical sources shall be acquired.
The primary language of resources collected will be English. It appears that the desired international perspective and international information is currently available in English. The appropriate subject bibliographer will consider monographs in French, German, and the Slavic languages. Translations may be selected.
Emphasis is on the United States and secondarily Great Britain. Works about whole regions (e.g. European Union) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
All appropriate formats, including print, electronic, and audio-visual are collected. The Department of Sociology does not currently offer any distance programs, so while some e-books are collected, print format books are still given due consideration. Electronic formats are of important consideration for family studies materials supporting Human Development & Family Studies and Social Work which do offer some distance programs. Microforms may be collected sparingly, but preference is given to electronic formats. Numeric datasets and statistical sources are collected; preference is given to electronic formats.
With the exception of essential historical works, important classics, or reprints as needed, materials published within the immediate past five years should be collected.