Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Food Science & Human Nutrition

Analysis of the Subject Field

A. Chronology of the Subject

The emphasis is on current research in food science/human nutrition.

B. Languages of Resources Collected

The primary language of acquired materials is English.

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 many trade publications are also heavily utilized. Because of the undergraduate component, monographs also serve an important function. Lower division college textbooks are not ordinarily purchased; cookbooks are purchased to a limited degree for the circulating collection, with priority given to those used as resources for coursework. Popular or consumer works on diets, food safety, or home processing and brewing are very selectively collected. Emphasis has traditionally been on print materials; however, electronic formats are now preferable for certain resources; video and microform formats may also be considered.

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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