Collection Policies

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY
 
Purpose
General Collection Guidelines
Collecting Codes
 
PURPOSE

To support teaching and research through the master's level in biological principles and specialty tracks including botany, zoology, microbiology, physiology, biomedical science, ecology, marine biology, and systematic biology; to support the program through the master's level in the biotechnology concentration; to support the PhD in Ecological Sciences; to help to support the PhD in Biomedical Sciences offered jointly by the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Psychology, and Physics at ODU and with Eastern Virginia Medical School. While the concern for the above areas is centered in the Biological Sciences Department, faculty in the Center for Biotechnology and the Applied Marine Research Laboratory as well as faculty and students in other fields, (e.g., oceanography, chemistry, health sciences, geology, engineering, and physics) also have interest in one or more of these areas.
 

GENERAL COLLECTION GUIDELINES

LanguagesEnglish 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.

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

Treatment of Subject: Professional books are acquired on a broad basis. Graduate textbooks are acquired selectively. There is cooperation between the Old Dominion University Library and the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) Library in the collection of medical books and medical journals so that those dealing with the basic biological sciences are acquired by ODU, and those dealing with clinical medicine are acquired by EVMS. The following are not purchased: teaching of biology on the pre-college level, popular biographies of biologists, material on clinical aspects of biology, and natural history books (often with ample photographs) written for the non-scientist.

Types of Material: Included are monographs, treatises, encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, directories, abstracts, handbooks, proceedings, thesauri, and handbooks, government publications, 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
Biology 
Includes physiology, biomedical science, ecology, marine biology, systematic biology, microbiology, botany, and zoology. 
3b
Botany:  
Includes taxonomy, morphology, physiology, genetics, economic botany, edible and useful plants, medicinal plants, parasitic plants, and marine phytoplankton. 
Exception--Certain Applied areas:  
Including agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, hydroponics, plant breeding, forestry, mushroom raising, and plant pathology. 
3b 

  

0

Zoology:  
Includes animal behavior (also of interest to psychologists), parasitology, including vector biology, developmental biology, animal taxonomy, animal physiology, animal genetics, and biology of aging. See the section on Biomedical Sciences for medical applications and for cell and molecular biology.  
Exception--Applied physiology  
Includes care of laboratory animals, care of domestic animals, veterinary science, and fish farming. 
3a 

  

  

0 

 

Microbiology: 
Includes immunology, virology, microbial genetics, and host-parasite microbiology. 
Exception--Applied microbiology 
Including wine technology and industrial microbiology. Public hygiene and epidemiology will be dealt with in the statement for Community Health Professions.
3b 

  
0

Ecological Sciences: 
Vertebrate biology (including ichthyology, herpetology, ornithology and mammology), wildlife ecology; 
Invertebrate biology (including entomology, acarology, marine benthic organisms, marine zooplankton; 
Plant ecology (including nutrient cycling in ecosystems, production, modelling), freshwater and wetlands ecology; 
Marine ecology (including pollution ecology, monitoring existing environment, and bioassay).
3b
Biomedical Sciences:  
Includes medical microbiology, immunology, virology, host-parasite relationship, human physiology, medical neuroscience, cell and molecular biology, endocrinology, human genetics, mammalian reproductive biology, histology, and tumor biology. 
 
3b
 
WORKSHEET
 
LC CLASS   SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS COLL. CODE  COMMENTS
QH   GENERAL BIOLOGY & NATURAL HISTORY    3b BS
 In general QH91-QH95.59; 

also comprises part of QK,QL,QP,QR

Marine Biology 3b BS tract; Overlaps with Oceanography
 QK Botany (including aquatic plants)  3b  
S Agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, hydroponics, plant breeding, forestry, mushroom raising, plant pathology  0   
 
QL Zoology (including aquatic animals) 3a  
SF-SK  Animal Culture, including veterinary medicine; aquaculture; wildlife  0   
 
QP 

Physiology (including aquatic organisms) 3b  

QR Microbiology (including aquatic) 3b  
SB Applied microbiology  0  
 QH-QR Ecological Sciences - Interaction of any organism(s) with the environment (including aquatic biology) 4 PhD tract
 

 
 
 
   
 
   
  
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
 
 
3B
BS--Pre-Medical;  
BS--Pre-Dental; 
BS--Pre-Veterinary;  
S--Biotech concen; Contributes to Biomedical PhD;
  Medical Microbiology 3b  
  QR180-QR189.5 Immunology  3b  
  QR360 Virology  3b  
  QR46  Host-Parasite Relationship  3b  
  QP34-QP35   Human Physiology 3b  
  QP360   Medical Neuroscience 3b  
  QH573-QH705   Cell Biology 3b  
  QH506   Molecular Biology 3b  
  QR187   Endocrinology 3b  
  QH451   Human Genetics 3b  
  QP251-QP285  Mammalian Reproductive Biology 3b  
  QM601+   Human Embryology 3b  
  QM550-QM695   Histology 3b  
QR188.6 QR201.T84 
QR372.O6
Tumor Biology 3b  
 
 
 
 
SuDocs #   U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCY COLL CODE   COMMENTS
  A   Agriculture   3b   Botany, Ecology
  EP  Environmental Protection Agency  4 Ecology, Zoology, Botany
 HE Health and Human Services 4 Biomedical PhD
 I49.1 Dept. Interior--Fish & Wildlife Serv. 3a Ecology, Zoology