Electronic Resource & Database Access

There will be no off-campus access to Library electronic resources and databases this Friday, November 28 from 6-10pm. Library buildings are also closed for the Thanksgiving holiday during that time.

Materials Engineering Collection Development Policy

Purpose of the Collection

The purpose of the collection activity in materials is to support the instructional curriculum and research activity in the Materials department up through the doctoral level, and related collaborative and interdisciplinary centers (see below.) Many interests of the Materials department overlap with those of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering departments, and so some collection activity may occur in those collections.

Academic Department/Program Description and Curriculum

The UCSB Materials Department carries out research in the areas of Electronic and Photonic Materials; Inorganic Materials; Macromolecular and Biomolecular Materials; and Structural Materials. Many faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students are also involved in interdisciplinary programs, including the Materials Research Laboratory, the California Nanosystems Institute, the Center for Multi-Functional Materials and Structures, the Center for Energy Efficient Materials, the International Center for Materials Research , the Solid State Lighting and Energy Center and the Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials.

The Department offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials, with specializations in the four main research areas listed above. It also offers a five year B.S Engineering/M.S. Materials program.

Scope of Coverage

Subject Areas:The major emphasis is on ceramics and inorganic materials; composite materials; electronic, optoelectronic and photonic materials; polymeric materials, with priority given to areas of current faculty research.

Languages: Although English is the primary language, materials in other languages are also acquired on a selective basis. If at all possible, translations into English are preferred, especially for those materials which are in Russian, Japanese, and Chinese.

Chronological Limits: Primary collecting interest in both books and journals is in current research in materials science and engineering.

Date of Publication: Materials of the past five to six years are of primary importance for both monographs and serials.

Types of Materials

In decreasing importance these materials are acquired: serials, monographs, proceedings/transactions, technical reports/government documents, theses. Generally, for monographs, electronic copy is acquired unless cost is prohibitive or available only in another format. Textbooks are acquired minimally, especially at the lower division level. Reference materials have a high priority in acquisition, and may be acquired in print or electronic form depending on availability and relative price.

For serials, online campuswide access is the preferred form over print. In addition to the criteria used for judging print materials (authority, content, etc.), other factors are considered. These include:

  • Method of access: non-proprietary protocols such as the World Wide Web and document formats such as HTML and PDF are preferred
  • Availability: access to the entire campus is preferred to library-only access
  • Licensing requirements
  • Availability of archives

For secondary literature, campuswide electronic access is preferred where available and affordable, followed by print access and mediated online searching where necessary. Exclusions: popular books are generally excluded.

Systemwide and Other Resources

The sheer volume of published material makes it nearly impossible to collect any discipline -- and especially materials science and engineering -- at anything resembling a comprehensive level. As such, Interlibrary Loan is used, and monitored to provide insight into collection areas requiring increased attention.

When possible, consortia and cooperative agreements are used to augment collections and maximize the utility of spending. UCSB actively works with other University of California campuses to pool resources, negotiate purchases, and share materials.


Author: Chuck Huber
Policy Last Updated:July 2014