Collection Policies

General Collection Guidelines
Collecting Codes

To support teaching and research through master's level in psychology and to support the more specialized tracts in industrial/organizational psychology and clinical psychology which may be pursued through the doctoral level, the latter of which is offered through the Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology (VCPP). Faculty and students in other fields (e.g. education, business, philosophy, sociology, history, political science, and the health sciences) also have some interest in some of these areas.


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 for works that are recognized as classics in the field, e.g. the works of Freud, Jung, etc. Other older works may be selectively added.

Geographical Guidelines: Emphasis will be mostly on works of Western origin. Works from other areas will be selectively acquired as deemed necessary.

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 works on pop psychology, popular biographies of famous psychologists, books concerned with the mind written for the non-scientist.

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:



Education – All Areas



Health Sciences

  Center for Research Libraries: The University Library maintains a Center for Research Libraries membership which entitles us access to various foreign and rare titles which could be useful to research in psychology.

 Other Area Resources: The collection at Eastern Virginia Medical School Library supports the subject of psychology and is open to ODU students at all levels. Materials at the EVMS Library specifically support the joint doctoral programs in clinical psychology.

Government Publications, part of the University Library’s collections, are used by students in all areas of psychology, especially those published by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare generally.

Electronic Resources play an increasingly important role in supporting the study of psychology. Web sites useful to psychology students and faculty include those maintained by professional association and data files originated by government agencies and other bodies. The index, PsycInfo, is also available electronically via the Internet.

Virtual Library of Virginia: There is a growing number of resources for all programs available through VIVA (Virtual Library of Virginia) including FirstSearch indexes and electronic journals available through Academic Press.

key to collecting codes
General Psychology: 

Includes human experimental psychology, personality, social behavior, developmental psychology, cognition, perception, testing, physiological psychology, animal psychology, psychophysiology, behavioral pharmacology, statistics and research design.

3b - 4
Industrial/Organizational Psychology: 

Includes international human resource management, comparative management, international organization behavior, culture and organizations, international ergonomics, international leadership and motivation, culture and work values, and international industrial and organizational psychology.

Clinical Psychology

Includes behavioral sciences, personality, developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology, clinical courses and practica, technology in mental health care administration and practica.

Cross-Cultural Psychology:  

Includes cross-cultural psychology, cultural psychology, indigenous psychology, comparative psychology, ethnic psychology, Asian-, African-, and Latin-American psychology, and European psychology.

key to collecting codes
 Collection Development Policy Analysis by LC Class and Subject
BF1-BF108 Psychology, Psychology - History 4  
BF109 Psychologists - Biography 2b  
BF110-172 Psychology – Early Work to 1850 3b Of some interest to Philosophy.
BF173-175 Psychoanalysis. 4  
BF176-BF176.5 Psychological Tests. 

Educational Tests and Measures.

4 Of importance to Education, especially counseling and early childhood education.
BF180-BF198.7 Psychology, Experimental. Human Behavior. Psychology, Physiological. 4   



BF199-BF204.7 Gestalt Psychology. Motivation (Psychology). Cognition. Behaviorism (Psychology). Humanistic Psychology. 4   


BF207-209 Psychopharmacology. 4 Of relevance to Health Sciences.
BF210-299 Senses and Sensation. Psychobiology. Psychometrics. Visual Perception. 4  
BF309-411; BF467-499 Consciousness. Cognition. Thought and Thinking. Movement, Psychology of. 4 Of important relevance to Education.
BF412-426 Ability. Intelligence tests. Intellect. 4 Of important relevance to Education.
BF431-433 Intelligence. Psychological Tests. 4 Of important relevance to Education.
BF441-449 Thought and Thinking. Learning – Psychology of. Problem-solving. Intuition (Psychology). 4 Of important relevance to Philosophy and Education.
BF455-463 Psycholinguistics. Creative Thinking. Meaning (Psychology) 4 Of some relevance to the study of language.
BF501-634 Motivation. Emotions. Control. Personality. Self-Perception. 4 Of important relevance to Education, especially counseling.
BF636-637 Psychology, Applied. Interpersonal Relations. 4 Of important relevance to Education.
BF638-648  New Thought. Mind and Body. Reasoning (Psychology). 2  Of some relevance to Religion, Sociology.
BF660-685 Psychology, Comparative. Animals, Habits and Behaviors of.  4 Of important relevance to Biology.
BF685-692 Sex (Psychology). 4 Of some relevance to Biology, Education, Sociology.
BF697 Difference (Psychology). 4  
BF698 Personality. 4 Of important relevance to Education, especially counseling.
BF699-711 Genetic Psychology. 4 Of important relevance to Biology.
BF712-724 Developmental Psychology. Child Psychology. 4 Of important relevance to Education.
BF725-885 Class Psychology. Temperament. Character. Physiognomy. Ethnopsychology. Psychotherapy. 4 Of some relevance to Education, Sociology, History, Political Science, Philosophy.

HB849 Population psychology. 3b Of some relevance to Sociology, History, Political Science, Education.
HF5381.7 Occupational Aptitude Tests. 3b Of important relevance to Education.
HF5548.7-HF5549 Industrial Relations. Personnel Management. 3b Of important relevance to Education and Business
HM251-HM299 Social Psychology. 4 Of important relevance to Education, Sociology, History, Political Science.
HQ1075-HQ1075.5 Sex role. 3b Of some relevance to Education, Women’s Studies.
HQ1206 Women - Psychology. 3b Of some relevance to Education, Women’s Studies.
LB1051-LB1091 Educational psychology. 3b Of important relevance to Education.
QL750-QH751 Animal behavior. 3b Of important relevance to Biology.
RC483-RC483.5  Psychiatry. Psychopharmacology. 3b Of important relevance to Nursing.
RC489 Behavior therapy. Art therapy. 3b Of some relevance to Nursing, Education.
RC490-RC499 Psychiatry. Hypnotism. 3b  
RC500-RC571 Psychiatry. Psychology.  4 Of some relevance to Criminal Justice.
RJ499-RJ507 HQ772 Mental disorders-Children. 
Child Psychology. 
Child Psychiatry 
4 Of important relevance to Education, Criminal Justice.
RM315-RM334 Neuropharmacology. 3b Of important relevance to Nursing.


Government Publications Collection Development Policy Analysis
ED Education Dept. 4 Relevance to Education.
FM Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. 4 Relevance to Sociology, Criminal Justice, Business.
HE Health and Human Services Dept. 4 Relevance to Health Sciences; of some relevance to Education.
J Justice Dept. 3b Relevance to Criminal Justice, Education, Sociology, Philosophy, Business.
Ju Judiciary (Courts of the U.S.) 3b Relevance to Criminal Justice.
 L Labor Dept. 3b Relevance to Business.
LR National Labor Relations Board 3b Relevance to Business.


Merit Systems Protection Board 3b Relevance to Sociology, Crim. Justice, Business.
PM Personnel Management Office 3b Relevance to Business.