Military Science Collection Development Policy

Purpose of the Collection

The purpose of collection activity in military science is to support the instructional curriculum and research activity in the Military Science Department. The military science curriculum is a part of the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program that leads to a commission as a second lieutenant in the Active Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard.

Scope of Coverage

There is considerable interaction with other disciplines and collection managers for maintenance and expansion of the Military Science collection. In the areas of engineering, history, peace and conflict, collaboration with the collection managers for Engineering, History, Political Science and Law help maintain the collection.

Languages: English is the primary language.

Date of Publication: The emphasis is on current material. Retrospective materials may be purchased as the need arises.

Types of Materials


Individual titles as well as numbered monographic series are purchased. Textbooks are acquired minimally, especially at the lower division level.


The emphasis is on core journals to satisfy curricular interests.


Major material from international associations, societies, and other learned institutes may be acquired.

Reference Materials

Dictionaries in subject fields, encyclopedic works, handbooks. Electronic versions of materials are also acquired. 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 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 desirable where available and affordable, followed by print access.

Exclusions: Popular books, equipment/vendor catalogs, reprints from journals.

Approval plan

Due to the number of books published in the military science field, and the limited size of the fund, we only receive slips notifying us of books available that meet the criteria developed by Davidson Library. Those slips can be used to select books.

Other Resources

Sources Outside UCSB: Interlibrary loan is available. Many requests for older materials are satisfied through ILL, but if the demand is of a continuing nature the material is considered for acquisition.

Policy Last Updated: May 2009