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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.


Economics EDI Statement

In support of the general collection development efforts of the Boston College Libraries the Economics Librarian is committed to purchasing material authored by a wide range of individuals and institutions (representing different points of view) and published by academic presses around the world. While collecting in the area of economics biography and history of economics is a less intensive area of economics collection, inclusion of the work of economists from historically underrepresented groups will be prioritized. To further this goal and aid in discovery, selected works will be highlighted on the Economics LibGuide.

Publications authored by and pertaining to groups that have traditionally been under-represented at large, including persons of color, indigenous nations, and LGBTQ+ communities, have also been under-represented in the collections of the Boston College Libraries. Addressing this imbalance is a priority in the development of our collections of Economics literature and is reflected in three key commitments. First, to acquire new publications from authors of different backgrounds on diverse topics. Second, to add past publications to the collections which were previously excluded at time of original issue. And third, to cultivate greater awareness of diversity, inclusion, and issues of equity through the purchase and support of relevant electronic resources.


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 back files 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.




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




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.