Sociology Collection Development Policy


The UCSB Library collects, manages, and provides access to the collection of literature in the sociological disciplines to support the research and curricular programs of the Sociology Department. The primary clientele are the graduate students, faculty, undergraduate students, and staff of the Sociology Department. The Sociology department offers bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees. In addition, other UCSB students, faculty, and staff as well as community members use this collection of research materials. Much of the collection activity for the advanced degree programs is at the research level when possible. In general, the collection activity for the undergraduate programs is at the research/study level.

Areas of concentration and collection include: crime, criminal justice, and correction; culture, conversation analysis, and communication; deviance and social control; diversity; economy, society, and demography; evaluation research; gay, lesbian, and bisexuality; group analysis; humanistic sociology; labor markets; life course, socialization, and interpersonal relations; marriage and the family; mass communication and public opinion; media studies; methodologies, statistical analysis, and computer application; modernization and community development; political sociology; social and personal change; social inequities and gender roles; social movements; social organization and change; stratification, inequality, and ethnicity; social psychology; sociological theory; sociology of education, law, religion and work; urban sociology; and welfare. Additional interdisciplinary emphases available in the doctoral program include: human development program; language, interaction, and social organization emphasis; and women's studies emphasis, in collaboration with faculty from other departments.


A. Languages.
Primarily English language publications with some French, Spanish, German, and Italian as necessary.


B. Chronological limits.
Primarily modern history coverage with emphasis on twentieth century.


C. Date of publication.
Primarily recent publications dates, although older publication dates when appropriate.


D. Geographical areas.
Primarily covers world areas with emphasis on the United States and other geographic areas whose primary language is English.


E. Place of publication.
Primarily acquires publications from throughout the world with emphasis on publishers from the United States and other areas whose primary language is English.


F. Type of publishers.
Primarily acquires publications from scholarly, research, and university presses and also specialized sociological and feminist and gay and lesbian publishers.


Most materials acquired and/or subscribed to are primarily in the form of monographs and serials. In addition, Government Publications including the U. S. and California state governments are used extensively and are acquired and/or subscribed to by the Government Publications Department. Computerized data bases are used via online terminals and cd-roms as appropriate.

Antiquarian materials, manuscripts, and audiovisual materials are not generally purchased.


Sociology is probably one of the most interdisciplinary fields in the social and behavioral sciences. It relates directly to anthropology, Asian American studies, Black studies, biological sciences, Chicano studies, economics, education, gay and lesbian studies, history, political science, psychological and brain sciences, urban studies, and women's studies.


A. University of California Consortium (shared collections acquisition program). Participates in the UC- Stanford University shared collections program.


B. Sources outside U. C. Participates in Interlibrary Loan program.


Select and provide access to sociology resources.
SOCIOLOGY INFORMATION RESOURCES To Access the Sociology Information Resources, InfoSurf, UCSB Library



Author: Sally Willson Weimer
Policy Last Updated: October 2004