Collection Policies

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY

Political Science and International Studies

Purpose
General Collection Guidelines
Collecting Codes

PURPOSE

Old Dominion University's Department of Political Science and Geography offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in political science. The department also offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in political science with teaching licensure in government. The political science program is designed to give students an essential core of basic knowledge and analytical skills, while providing an opportunity to specialize in one of two emphasis areas: American politics and public law, or international relations and comparative politics. One general minor and two minors in areas of specialization (international relations and public law) are also offered in political science. The political science program administers the university's pre-law advising program directed at undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate legal education.

Although the Department of Political Science and Geography does not offer graduate degrees, faculty members Frances Adams, Jie Chen and Steven Yetiv are affiliated with the Graduate Program in International Studies (GPIS). Their research emphases are Middle East politics, Latin American politics, Asian politics, American foreign policy and international relations. Political science faculty not affiliated with GPIS conduct research in the areas of state and local government, gender and politics, urban and minority politics, southern politics, redistricting, and presidential studies. Hampton Roads’ status as a base for United States military operations means that military studies related materials are in particularly high demand among participants in political science, history and international studies programs.

Because the political science collection has application to faculty and graduate level research in the GPIS, history and public administration programs, it must reach high collecting levels in selected areas. It must also support teaching and undergraduate research across a broader range of disciplinary areas.

GENERAL COLLECTING GUIDELINES

Language Guidelines:

English is the primary language for the political science collection. Foreign language materials may be selectively purchased if recommended by faculty, but are more likely to stem from the GPIS program.

Chronological Treatment of Subject Guidelines:

Research in the political science program focuses on both contemporary and historical subject matter. Areas of collection focus for both contemporary and historical studies are Virginia politics, southern politics, urban politics, African-American and minority affairs, American government, American presidency, international relations, foreign policy, military affairs and comparative politics.

Geographical Guidelines:

The political science program offers tracks focusing on American government and international relations / comparative government. The collection should aim for comprehensive collecting of materials relating to Virginia politics and minority politics in the southern United States. It should include enough material on all regions of the world to support general undergraduate work. Morecomprehensive international coverage should be targeted toward regions that are the focus of faculty research: Europe (including Eastern Europe), Asia (particularly China), Russia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Treatment of Subject:

The library acquires new secondary source scholarship and primary source document collections related to political science. Primary source document collections are usually selected with an eye toward supporting specific faculty and student research areas. The library usually does not purchase popular non-scholarly works or textbooks.

Types of Material:

The focus of the library's political science collection is on scholarly monographs and professional journals in both print and electronic formats. The library purchases materials published by intergovernmental organizations, audio-visual materials, reference works, datasets, and primary source document collections on a selective basis.

Date of Publication:

The library's collecting emphasis is on newly published materials. The library also selectively acquires collections of primary historical source documents in consultation with faculty. Older monographs may be purchased on a selective basis to meet changing research interests and fill collection gaps.

Other General Considerations:

Summary of Collection Strengths and Weaknesses:

The Library's collection of secondary source materials is adequate to support undergraduate program needs. The library needs to continue to work with faculty to identify and purchase primary and secondary source materials needed to support their research interests. It is also important to review both primary and secondary source political science materials in light of the graduate programs they help support in international studies, history and public administration

Collecting Codes

key to collecting codes

Discipline: Political Science
Bibliographer: Stuart Frazer
Date: 06/04

LC Class

Subject Descriptors

Collection Code

Comments

E183 - E183.3

United States political history

4

Faculty research area

E185.2 E185.98

African Americans politics & government

4

Faculty research area

F206 F220

Southern states politics & government

4

Faculty research area

F221 F235

Virginia politics & government

4

Faculty research area

HQ1236 HQ1426

Women in politics

4

Faculty research area

J1 J981

General legislative and executive papers

3b

Emphasis on US (J10 J98)

JA71 JA80.2

Theory of political science

3b

JA81 JA84

History of political science

3

JA86 JA88

Political science study & teaching

3b

JC11 JC607

Theories of the state

4 (except as noted below)

JC51 JC93

Ancient State

3

JC109 JC121

Medieval State

3a

JF20 JF2112

Political Institutions and Public Administration

3b (except as noted below)

JF251 JF289

Executive Branch

4

Faculty research area

JF441 JF619

Legislative Process

4

Faculty research area

JJ1000 JJ1019

Political Institutions and Public Administration (North America)

3b

JK501 JK901

Executive Branch

4

Faculty research area. Emphasis on presidential studies, executive power & leadership

JK1001 JK1443

Congress

4

JK1756 JK1761

Citizenship

3a

JK1846 JK1936

Suffrage

3a

JK1961 JK2248

Electoral System

4

JK2255 JK2391

Political Parties

3b

JK2403 JK9993

State Government

4

Faculty research area

JK9663 JK9993

Confederate States of America

4

Regional historical interest

JL1 JL3899

Political Institutions and Public Administration (the Americas)

3b

JN1 JN9689

Political Institutions and Public Administration (Europe & Eurasia)

3b (except as noted below)

JN1 JN97

Europe

4

Faculty & graduate student research area

JN101 JN1197

Great Britain

4

Faculty & graduate student research area

JN2301 JN3007

France

4

Faculty & graduate student research area

JN6500 JN6598

Soviet Union. Russia. Former Soviet Republics

4

Faculty & graduate student research area

JQ1 JQ6651

Political Institutions and Public Administration (Asia, Middle East, Africa)

3b (except as noted below)

JQ1449 JQ1749

East Asia

4

Faculty research area

JQ1758 JQ1852

Middle East

4

Faculty research area

JQ1850

Arab Countries

4

Faculty research area

JQ1852

Islamic Countries

4

Faculty research area

JS3 JS8500

Local & Municipal Government

3a (except as noted below)

JS300 JS1583

Local & Municipal Government United States

4

Faculty research area

JV1 JV9480

International Migration

3b (except as noted below)

JV8490 JV8758

Emigration and Immigration - Asia

4

Faculty research area

JX1305 JX1598

Foreign Relations

4

Faculty & graduate student research area

JX1621 JX1896

Diplomacy

4

Faculty & graduate student research area

JZ2 JZ6530

International Relations

4

Faculty & graduate student research area

K1 K7720

Law in General

3 (except as noted below)

K524 K525

Treaties & Other International Agreements

4

K3169

State

3b

K3201

Foreign Relations Administration

4

KBM

Jewish Law

2

KBP

Islamic Law

2

KBR

Canon Law

1

KBU

Roman Catholic Law

1

KD

Law of the UK

2

KDZ

America

2

KE

Law of Canada

1

KF

Law of the United States

3

KFV2401 KF2999

Virginia

3a

Regional interest

KG

Latin America

2

KH

South America

2

KJ - KK

Europe

2

KL - KW

Asia & Eurasia, Middle East, Africa

2

KZ2 KZ6785

Law of Nations

3b (except as noted below)

KZ4850 KZ5490

Intergovernmental Organizations

4

KZ5510 KZ6299

International Law of Peace and Peace Enforcement

4

U1 U900

Military Science

3b

Regional interest that crosses across history and political science programs

UA

Armies

3

UB

Military Administration

3

UC

Maintenance & Transportation

2

UD

Infantry

2

UE

Armor

2

UF

Artillery

2

V

Naval Science

3a

Regional interest

VA

Navies: Organization

3a

Regional interest

VB

Naval Administration

3a

Regional interest