Collection Policies

General Collection Guidelines
Collecting Codes

 The Department of Physics offers a program of study offering three optional tracks, each of which leads to the Bachelor of Science with a major in physics: (l) preparation for graduate school in physics or for professional physicists, (2) preparation for career requiring a strong foundation in physics and instruction in specialized subject matter (e.g. engineering, advanced computing, communications, optical systems, laser development, etc.) or (3) preparation for high school physics teachers. The graduate programs (Master of Science, Physics major, and Doctor of Philosophy, Physics major) cover the general areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermal physics, modern physics, plus the more advanced areas of classical mechanics, classical electrodynamics, and quantum mechanics.

The purpose of the collection in the area of Physics and Astronomy is to support teaching and research through the doctoral level in the following fields: practical and spherical astronomy, geodesy, theoretical astronomy and celestial mechanics, astrophysics, non-optical methods of astronomy, descriptive astronomy, stellar spectroscopy, cosmogony, descriptive and experimental mechanics, atomic physics, constitution and properties of matter, quantum theory, solid state physics, acoustics, sound, heat, optics, light, spectroscopy, radiation physics, electricity and magnetism, nuclear and particle physics, atomic energy, radioactivity, geophysics, cosmic physics, geomagnetism, meteorology, and climatology.

Language: English will be the primary language of collection, but materials in other languages will be collected when the works in question are deemed of importance to the discipline. Good physics and astronomy is written worldwide so the collection should mirror the international character of physics and astronomy research.

Chrono1ogica1 guidelines: No limitations. Materials relevant to the study of the progression of physics and astronomy from their ancient beginnings to the present will be collected in order to foster an historical background necessary to understanding how scholars have arrived at the discipline’s current philosophical conception of the world. Due to the nature of the discipline and due to the university’s curriculum, however, especial emphasis will be on the latest, most recent works.

Geographica1 guidelines: No limitations. Physics research is being done worldwide, especially in Russia and Japan.

Treatment of subject: A broad based collection illustrating all of the concepts of physics and astronomy will be collected with especial emphasis on those areas relating to particle and nuclear physics. Works that are ostensibly classified under other subjects with heavy physics content, e.g. engineering, mathematics, will be especially significant for the special emphasis on physics at Old Dominion University.

Types of materials: Supplementing standard monographic and serial publications will be the following: encyclopedias and dictionaries of mathematics, reports of physics institutes, proceedings and transactions of physics congresses and conferences, symposia, working papers, directories of mathematicians, indices, abstracts, and bibliographies. Publications in non-paper formats (e.g. microform, electronic, etc.) will be considered using the same criteria as is used for publications in paper formats.

Date of publication: Emphasis will be on current publications except when need and funding dictates otherwise.

Other General Considerations:

key to collecting codes
QB140-237 Practical and spherical astronomy 4  
QB275-343 Geodesy 4 Of interest to scholars in applied mathematics, oceanography, geology, and physical geography. Given an increase in funding, the collecting level should be research level to comprehensive (inasmuch as that is possible) due to the special emphasis being placed on applied mathematics (of which geodesy is a part) at ODU.
QB349-421 Theoretical astronomy and celestial mechanics. Including perturbations, tides. 4 Of interest to scholars in astrophysics and philosophy of science.

Astrophysics 4  
QB468-480 Non-optical methods of astronomy 4  
QB495-991 Descriptive astronomy, including stellar spectroscopy, cosmogony 4  
QC81-114 Weights and measures 3b Of interest to scholars in mathematics and the physical sciences.
QC120-168.85 Descriptive and experimental 
QC170-197 Atomic physics. Constitution and properties of matter. Including quantum theory, solid state physics 4 Of interest to scholars in chemistry.
QC220-246 Acoustics. Sound 4 Of interest to scholars in engineering.
QC251-338.5 Heat 4 Of interest to scholars in engineering.
QC350-467 Optics. Light. Including spectroscopy 4 Of interest to scholars in engineering.
QC474-496.9 Radiation physics (general). 4 Of interest to scholars in nuclear engineering.
QC501-766 Electricity and magnetism 4 Of interest to scholars in engineering.
QC770-798 Nuclear and particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity 5 Of interest to scholars in engineering.
QC801-809 Geophysics. Cosmic physics. 4 Of interest to scholars in oceanography, geology, and physical geography.
QC81l-849 Geomagnetism 4 Of interest to scholars in oceanography, geology, and physical geography.
QC851-999 Meteorology. Climatology 3b Of interest to scholars in oceanography, geology, and physical geography.

Date: 21 Feb. 1995—
Bibliographer: Ed Summers