Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Collection Development Policy

The Social Sciences Interdisciplinary collection was developed to identify and purchase materials that do not specifically fall under a single social sciences guideline, but tend to cross over several subject areas. Research is supported through the doctoral level.

Monographs and serials are purchased, generally for publications written in English. The serials collection is very limited, covering major cross-disciplinary social sciences topics. Reference materials are included, especially those whose cost would be prohibitive for any one guideline to purchase. Electronic formats, including CD-Roms and floppy disks, are given consideration.

Top priority is given to social policy issues, as well as social science research methodology. Other topics include: adolescent research, economic and international development, policy and research in current high-interest political and social topics, grey literature covering alternative viewpoints, and publications covering more than one social science subject area.

Emphasis is given to materials published through major academic publishers, as well as international governmental and non-governmental publishing agencies. Each year, the Social Sciences collection group elects to participate in joint purchases with the Science, Area and Gender, and Humanities interdisciplinary guidelines.


Author: lueck [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Lorna Lueck)
Policy Last Updated: May 2009