Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Religious Studies

Analysis of the Subject Field

  • A. Chronology of the Subject: Emphases/Restrictions


  • B. Languages of Resources collected: Exclusions/Emphases/Translations

    English is preferred. Some authors who serve as primary sources may be collected in their original languages. Some users of the Islamic materials prefer French language materials.

  • C. Geography of the Subject: Emphases/Restrictions

    The geographic preference parallels that of the M.S.U. community’s geographic profile. Yet, the economic world of today is global and our study abroad programs go around the world. Consequently, we have a greater need to collect on non-Western religious traditions than we used to. The collection serves historical research especially for United Kingdom and Ireland, North America, France, and medieval/Renaissance/early modern Europe.

  • D. Format of the Resources Collected: Restrictions

    Electronic resources may be collected, but we are just beginning this. Primary materials on microform are not collected unless by faculty request.

  • E. Date of Publication of Resources Collected:

           No limits, although we primarily collect recently published works.

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