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Collection Development Policy Statement: Biological Sciences/Natural History

Analysis of the Subject Field

Chronology of the Subject; Emphasis/Restrictions:

The journal literature is very important. Selected current monographs are also collected. Reprints are selected only if considered classics and important to the collection.

Languages of resources collected; exclusions/emphases/translations:

Current materials collected are only in English, as that is the current international language for the biological sciences.  In the past, materials in German, French, and Russian were also collected .

Geography of the subject; emphases/restrictions:

The biological collection emphasizes the study of the ecology, animals, and plants of the Great lakes states, the Midwest, and neighboring Canadian provinces. Materials about other areas of the U.S. and the world are selectively purchased.

Format of the resources collected; restrictions if any:

Scholarly journals are purchased only in electronic format if possible, although trade journals and some magazines are still collected in print.  Scholarly monographs, textbooks, laboratory methods texts, and some videos are all purchased.

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

Date of the publication of resources collected; emphases if any:

For the most part, only current material is purchased.

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