Collection Policies

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY
OCEANOGRAPHY
 
Purpose
General Collection Guidelines
Collecting Codes

PURPOSE

To support teaching and research through master's level in biological oceanography; physical oceanography, including the chemistry of the oceans, the physics of the oceans and coasts (measurement of movement, temperature and pressure of the waters, interaction of the ocean surface with the atmosphere), and the geology of the ocean bottoms and coasts. A general oceanography tract as well as more specialized tracts in biological oceanography, chemical oceanography, and geological oceanography may be pursued through the doctoral level. Faculty in the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, the Applied Marine Research Laboratory, and the International Maritime, Ports, and Logistics Management Institute as well as faculty and students in other fields (e.g., biological sciences, chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics, and engineering) also have interest in one or more of these areas.

GENERAL COLLECTION GUIDELINES

 Languages: English is the primary language of the collection, but other languages may be acquired by faculty request. Translations into English are preferred over the original if they are available.

Chronological Guidelines: Emphasis is on current scholarship except with respect to purely descriptive works of flora and fauna, concerning which the chronological guidelines are not applicable. Other older works may be selectively added.

Geographical Guidelines: No region is excluded, but there is some emphasis on the north Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf Stream, and the estuaries of eastern North America, especially the Chesapeake Bay.

Treatment of Subject: Professional books are acquired on a broad basis. Graduate textbooks are acquired selectively. The following are not purchased: basic undergraduate textbooks, popular biographies of oceanographers, books concerned with the oceans (often with ample photographs) written for the non-scientist. Books on meteorology may be acquired selectively.

Types of Material: Included are monographs, treatises, encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, directories, abstracts, handbooks, proceedings, thesauri, handbooks, technical reports, government documents, and serials. Dissertations from other institutions are acquired selectively. Material may be acquired in electronic format, such as CD-ROM or Internet access, if appropriate.

Date of Publication: The emphasis is on current publications, but older material is acquired as needed.

Other General Considerations:

 
Subject Division
Collecting Level
key to collecting codes
Biological Oceanography: 
Includes marine plants, animals, plankton, the benthos, food chains, aquaculture and fisheries biology, ecological relationships in oceans and estuaries, effects of pollution of oceans and estuaries.
4
Chemical Oceanography: 
Includes salinity, elements and compounds in the sea, vertical and horizontal mixing; description of pollutants in the sea, acidity of the sea, studies of sediments, gases in sea water;
4
Geological Oceanography
Includes the stability of the ocean basins, fluctuations of sea level, rigidity of the earth, sediments, coastal processes, stratigraphy.
4
Physical Oceanography: 
Includes movement, waves, tides, fluid mechanics, modeling, interaction with the atmosphere. 
4
 
 
 LC CLASS  SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS  COLL. CODE
key to collecting codes
COMMENTS
 

 BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY 4 MS tract; Materials used by Applied Marine Research Lab; Overlaps with Biological Sci.
 QH 91-QH95.9  Marine Biology  4  
QH591.5.E8  Estuarine Ecology  4  
QL139  Estuarine Zoology  4  
QK103+ Marine Flora 4  
QL121+ Marine Fauna 4  
QL125 Coral Reef Zoology 4  
QH95.6 Inland Seas 4  
QH95.7 Seashore Biology 4  
QH95.8 Coral Reefs 4  
GC109+ CHEMICAL OCEANOGRAPHY 4 MS Tract; Materials used by AMRL also; Overlaps with Chemistry
GC109+ Inorganic Substances 4  
GC117 Salinity 4  
GC141 Absorbed Gases  4  
GC 150-GC376 PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY 4 Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography
 GC151-GC155 Density 4  
GC160-GC177 Temperature 4  
GC177.6-GC181 Optical Oceanography 4  
GC190-GC190.5 Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction 4  
GC200-GC376 Dynamics of the Oceans 4  
GC377-GC399 Marine Sediments 4  
GB450-GB461 Coasts, including Beaches, Coast Changes, & Shoreline 4  
GB463-GB543 Reefs (Geology) 4  
QE  Submarine Geology  4  
 
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS
 
 SuDocs # U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCY COLL CODE COMMENTS
EP Environmental Protection Agency
4
 
C55 Dept. Commerce--National Oceanic & Atmospheric Assoc
4
 
FMC Federal Maritime Commission
3a
 
I49.1 Dept. Interior--Fish & Wildlife Service
3b
 
 

1997
Bibliographer:  Anne Rees