Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Criminal Justice

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

A. Anticipated Future Trends

Criminal Justice research is increasingly interdisciplinary and mixed methods. Future needs may include more resources outside of the typical call number range scope for Criminology as well as data sets and statistical resources. 

B. Relationships to Resources Treated in Other Policy Statement

On campus branch or format collections

  • Digital and Multimedia Center: video materials are popular for instructional purposes
  • Murray and Hong Special Collections: materials related to social movements 
  • Government Documents: social policy related materials and statistics
  • Map Library: Geospatial information and data
  • Numeric Data: social data

Other Collection Development Policy Statements for Subject Areas

  • History (social history)
  • Law (statutes, appropriations, law, legislation)
  • Medicine (health care, public health)
  • Psychology
  • Social Work 
  • Sociology (social problems)
  • Urban Planning (urban development, housing)
  • Women and Gender Studies (special populations, marriage and family)

D. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility 

In alignment with the research and curricular needs of the criminal justice faculty at MSU, materials relevant to DEIA are sought in regards to juvenile justice, victims of crime, and incarceration. Particular interest is paid to materials from the perspective of marginalized communities.