Linguistics Collection Development Policy


To support the scholarship of the faculty and students of the UCSB Linguistics Department. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Doctorate program that covers all the core areas of linguistics. Faculty and graduate students also specialize in different language areas, especially in English, Native American and Asian languages. The collection also supports the research and study of faculty and students from other departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Subject Areas: Phonology, phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics, anthropological linguistics, social linguistics, child acquisition, computational linguistics, language universals, linguistic theory, foreign language, and area studies.

Language: Materials collected are primarily in English or English translation. Works written in other languages also have high priority and are acquired depending on the availability of the items and research needs of the faculty members.

Chronological limits: There are no chronological limits applicable for this collection.

Date of publication: Most materials selected for acquisition are published in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Geographical areas: This collection has no geographical limits. A predominate amount of the materials acquired, however, are from the United States and Europe.


Materials are collected with an emphasis on research monographs and academic journals. North American university press titles are received on approval, and other materials are selected individually. Subscriptions to journals are entered and maintained in consultation with faculty. Hard copy (paper) publications of monographs are emphasized with an occasional electronic book. Journal access may be print or electronic. To maximize limited resources, most journals will NOT be available in more than one format; in general, electronic versions are preferred, so long as they have reliable and perpetual access.

Materials are collected in all formats. Electronic materials are acquired, particularly electronic journals.

Reprints are generally not acquired unless augmented, revised, or containing some other new intellectual material. Textbooks are not actively selected.


Students, faculty and staff of UCSB have access to Interlibrary Loan services for obtaining materials from other campuses. For some acquisitions, other UC campus linguistics information specialists are consulted for shared collection development decisions.


Author: Liza Posas