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UHM LIBRARY COLLECTION POLICIES

Oceanography

LIBRARY COLLECTION POLICY STATEMENTS

I. PROGRAM INFORMATION

The Department of Oceanography allows students to specialize in physical, chemical, geological, or biological ocean sciences. Biological oceanography is an interdisciplinary field drawing on a broad range of other disciplines in oceanography and the physical sciences.

Faculty and graduate student research interests include coral reef and marine fish ecology; oceanic productivity; ecology of midwater animals, especially cephalopod mollusca; benthic biological oceanography; aquaculture; and phytoplankton ecology.

The department offers the MS, and PhD degrees in Oceanography

II. COORDINATION OF COLLECTING RESPONSIBILITIES

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field of Oceanography, the program draws heavily on many subject areas such as, zoology, biology, and engineering. Oceanography also makes use of material housed in the Hawaiian and Government Documents Collections.

III. GUIDELINES TO MATERIALS COLLECTED OR EXCLUDED

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, but the emphasis is on current theories and research.

Geographic: Interests of the department are global, but most of the research is focused on the Pacific basin and tropical regions. The collection of materials from other areas is generally limited to regional studies.

Date of Publication: Current materials are emphasized; gaps are filled as needed; rare and historical materials may be acquired as gifts.

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

Treatment: Historical; primary sources and documents; applications, practices, and methods; computer-related; equipment used in; biographical; reference and bibliographical; statistical and mathematical; textbooks; professional and applied training; and reports on scientific experimental results.

Date compiled: 7/01 Compiler: David E. Coleman

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