Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Military and Naval Sciences

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

A. Anticipated future demand

The anticipated demands will require the same or a slightly increased level of support. The University's emphasis on international development programs will require obtaining works on armed forces in the third world. Selected new periodicals should be carefully purchased for breadth of coverage. The post-World War II history of developed nations will require purchase of works dealing with strategy and the military-industrial complex. A basic level of support for the sciences should be maintained with possible increases in electronics and biotechnology, assuming these fields receive outside funding for military applications.

B. Relationships with other resources

  1. On campus branch or format collections, if any

    The Department of Defense (DoD) section of U.S. government documents provides a solid addition. Related works in the Canadian and UN documents sections appear though the total percentage of their parent collections is very small. Special Collections have anti-draft materials in the American Radicalism Collection. Also, there is a small overlap with its Fencing Collection.

  2. Regional or network resources, if any

    For in-depth research on the graduate level, three CIC libraries support the following areas:

    • Ohio State University for national security studies and military history
    • University of Michigan's for Asian and Slavic vernacular materials as well as marine engineering .
    • University of Illinois for military history
    • Specialized military needs can be referred to appropriate DoD libraries.

C. Relationships to resources treated in other policy statements.

The history classifications hold the most works, especially the American and British sections. The area programs (Canada, Latin America, East Asia, and Africa) have basic collections with the exception of the Vietnam War. Treatment on wars is as follows:

  • If a work deals with strictly military aspects of a conflict, it is purchased with "mil" funds.
  • If it deals with broader themes such as diplomacy, the war's impact on a society, etc., then other funds are used to purchase it.
  • If a conflict deals with nations in different regions, e.g., Vietnam, then the selector must decide what country or region is the price focus of the work. When in doubt, "his" is used.



Holdings in the other parts of the Humanities are basic with perhaps the exception of philosophy and religion: just war theory, rights of the state, pacifism. Aspects of those three topics are also covered in the social sciences. There is coverage in international relations, domestic politics, and peace movements. The sciences have limited collections with the most related holdings being in aviation.

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