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Collection Development Policy

Starting Point for Economics Research

Economics Collection

The Economics collection serves the needs of the Boston College Morrissey College Department of Economics, as well as the related needs of researchers and students in the other social and applied sciences. The Economics bibliographer selects materials based on user requests, curricular needs and knowledge of the discipline. The bibliographers collaborate with the Department of Economics community and purchase requests by faculty and graduate students whenever possible.


Disciplinary Scope and Collecting Emphases

Teaching and research support for faculty and grad students and curricular support for undergraduate students are the primary goals. Economics as a discipline cuts across many subject areas including but not limited to:

  • statistics
  • law
  • political science
  • behavioral sciences
  • international affairs
  • environmental sciences
  • organizational
  • sciences
  • finance
  • The depth and breadth of selected disciplinary areas collected depends on the Department of Economic’s areas of research and curricular needs as well.


    Format Selection

    Format decisions follow the General Collection Development Policy. We do consider preferences of patrons, curricular needs, and other factors.

    • Journals are purchased with perpetual, electronic access whenever possible. Online backfiles are purchased to augment available content or replace print versions.
    • Monographs are preferably purchased as e-books to support wider access. Exceptions may be made at individual user request.
    • Bibliographic databases or indexes are exclusively purchased in electronic format and purchased for the widest possible audience.
    • Data resources are purchased to serve the Carroll School of Management or the broader BC community whenever possible.

    Language

    The majority of selections are for English language material. Acquisitions in other languages are made based on faculty request or a specific need.


    Currency

    Selection focuses on current scholarship, but retrospective acquisitions are made following changes to the curriculum or other specific needs.


    Retention of Materials

    Retention follows the General Collection Development Policy.

     

    Acceptance of Gifts

    Gifts are accepted according to the General Gifts Policy.