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The Department of Microbiology instructional and research programs emphasize the following areas: general and applied microbiology; microbial ecology; microbial physiology, microbial genetics; host-parasite microbiology and pathogenesis; immunology; animal virology; environmental virology and microbiology; ultrastructure and cell biology; microbial nitrogen fixation; medical microbiology and infectious diseases; regulatory mechanisms and genetics of eukaryotic microorganisms; and marine microbiology. The department offers the BA (including minor), BS, MS, and PhD degrees.


Due to the interdisciplinary nature of microbiology, students and faculty make use of several other areas of the collection. Extensive use is made of the medical, biochemical, and aquatic science literature. Coordination is necessary with the selectors in medical technology, agronomy and soil science, agricultural biochemistry, animal sciences, oceanography, and medicine.


Language: English is preferred. The collection contains some material in Western European and Slavic languages. Asian language material is housed in both the Science and Technology area and the Asia Collection.

Chronological: No limitations; the emphasis is on current theories and research.

Geographic: No limitations.

Date of Publication: Current materials are emphasized.

Types and Formats of Materials Collected: Monographs on current research in the field; periodicals (electronic access preferred); upper level texts; government publications; conference proceedings; selected United States and foreign dissertations; print and electronic forms of indexes, abstracts, and bibliographies; and handbooks and dictionaries. Excluded are manuscripts, reprints of articles within serials, house organs, and private and company files.

Electronic Format: See Types and Formats of Materials Collected.

Treatment: Historical; primary sources and documents; applications, methods and practices; computer-related; equipment used in research; biographical; reference and bibliographical; statistical and mathematical; textbooks; professional and applied training; reports on scientific experimental results. Excluded are manuscripts, reprints of articles within serials, house organs, and private and company files.


Books that document scholarly research and university-level textbooks no more than five years old may be accepted. Gifts in other formats that are relevant to the research or instruction mission of microbiology will also be reviewed. Popular magazines, short journal runs, materials that duplicate items already in our collections, and materials in poor condition generally are not accepted. Contact the librarian who collects for microbiology ( to discuss the nature, extent and timing of your donation. Gifts of archival materials that relate to the history of the university should be discussed with the University Archives (

When donated items are accepted by the UH Manoa Library they become the property of the Library. The Library reserves the right to make decisions about the disposition of these materials. A letter of acknowledgement will be sent to donors, but the Library cannot provide monetary appraisals of gifts.

Compiled by: Paul Wermager

Date: June 2008

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