The emphasis is on current research and trends in the animal science industry.
The primary language of acquired materials is English. There is a limited amount of French and German language material.
The primary emphasis is on the United States and Canada; however, since international coverage is highly desired for most areas, English-language publications may be purchased regardless of country of origin or geographic treatment.
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. Emphasis has traditionally been on print materials; however, electronic resources are becoming even more prevalent.
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.
The primary focus is on current materials, although historical materials related to breeds is used for research purposes. An historical apiculture collection, The Ray Stannard Baker Bee Collection, is housed in Special Collections and contains early works on bees published before 1850 in English and other languages.