Policy Last Updated: March 1, 2009

Subject: Psychology


The Collection Development policy is a used as a guide to shape relevant collections and to ensure consistency in collection development. The decision to purchase library materials is primarily the responsibility of the Collections Librarian in consultation with faculty in the Department.

This policy has been developed by Debbie Chaves, the Science Librarian, in cooperation with and Dr. Joanne Lee, the Department Faculty Library Liaison.


  • To support teaching, study and research up to the graduate level, as well as to support faculty research.
  • Areas of special interest must include community psychology, social and developmental psychology, and brain and cognition psychology. Within each specific area of individual faculty members may make recommendations for items to be included in the collection.


  • Language: primarily English language materials are collected.
  • Place of Publication: priority is given to materials from North American, European or Northern Asian publishers. Significant works from other areas may also be acquired.
  • Dates of Publication: emphasis is placed on recently published works. Works, both serial and monograph with a publication date older than ten years may be selected for transfer to the Annex for long term storage or withdrawal.
  • Chronological Period: works with a focus on current research will be emphasized. Those works having a historical overview fundamental to the nature of psychology will be considered.
  • Geographical Areas: priority is given to works with a North American focus, with secondary emphasis on the British Isles, Europe and Northern Asia. Other areas of the world will be considered as the need arises.
  • Publishers: works from scholarly and academic publishers are emphasized.

Types, formats, and readership of materials collected

  • Materials with academic-level readership are selected. Donations from private collections may be considered if they fill a gap in the collection.
  • Web-based formats for reference sources, journals and indexing sources are preferred.
  • Single copies of books in print formats are generally selected. Web-based formats are selected on a title by title basis, especially if the title is of interest to users at multiple Laurier campuses. Duplication of print across Laurier campuses is generally avoided.
  • Selected textbooks and study aids are obtained to complement undergraduate textbooks used in the current curriculum.
  • Excluded types include textbooks, abridgements, study aids, limited editions, juvenile, works by vanity presses, reprints and partial contents (eg. single issues of journals, electronic versions of single chapters of books). Titles already held by the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph may be excluded.
  • The following items, as they apply to Psychology, will be considered for inclusion in the collection upon the request of the Psychology faculty:
    • Proceedings of conferences, symposia, international congresses, etc.
    • Selected Canadian and American theses
    • Reports of non-governmental organizations such as research centres, university departments, etc.
    • Numerical and/or spatial data.

Subjects collected and collecting priorities

Collecting priorities are categorized into 3 levels:

A - highest emphasis
The collection includes major published materials required to support the core teaching and research at the highest degree level offered by the Department.
B - secondary emphasis
The collection includes a selection of materials to complement the discipline as a whole, although it may not be a primary focus for courses.
C - selective emphasis
Materials, including reference materials and basic journals and indexes are collected to introduce and define an area.
Subjects collected Classification Collecting priority
Behavioural neuroscience QP360  
Behaviour Genetics. Simple Systems. QH457; BF699-BF708 C
Neuropsychology. Physiological Psychology. Psychophysiology (Biological basis of motivated behaviors) QP360-BF360.5; A
Cognition in Animals (Comparative Cognition) QL 785 A
Reinforcement (Drug reinforcement processes) BF319-BF319.5; BF207 A
Learning and Memory BF318; BF370-BF395 B
Molecular neurobiology QP356.2 B
Motivational systems BF503 B
Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology (Neurobiology) QP355.2 C
Perception processes BF241 A
Psychopharmacology BF207-BF209.T5 A
Motivation. Perceptual-motor learning (Timing Behavior) BF295  
Cognitive neuroscience QP360 A
Affective Processes QP360.5  
Computational Modeling BF531 C
Motor Control BF295-BF299 B
Cognitive Neuroscience (Neurocognition) QP360.5 A
Neuropsychology QP360 A
Perception QP351-QP355.2; QP60-QP360.5 B
Neuroimaging (e.g. fMRI, Event related potentials) RC386.6; QP376.5 A
Cognition   A
Attentional Processes QP405  
Autonomic and Conscious Retrieval BF321 A
Decision Processes BF448 A
Encoding QP406; BF371 B
Human Memory Storage and Retrieval BF444 B
Implicit Memory BF378I55 A
Language Comprehension and Production BF456 A
Problem Solving BF449 A
Psycholinguistics BF455-BF463.V45 C
Reasoning BF442 A
Skilled Performance BF295 C
Perception   B
Auditory Processes BF251  
Chemical and Mechanical Processes QP455;BF295 A
Colour Processing BF241 C
Face Perception BF242 B
Neural Networking Modeling QP363 A
Object Recognition QP475 B
Sensation BF233 A
Somatosensory Processes BF231-233; QP431 B
Speech Perception BF463.S64 A
Visual Attention and Search BF463.S64 A
Primary Prevention and Mental Health Promotion    
Community Development RA790.55  
Protection, Assistance and Relief (Family Support) HV697-HV700.7 A
Health Promotion RA427.8; RA790.53 B
Primary Prevention RJ499; BF173;RA790.7 A
School Intervention LB1027.5-LB1027.55 A
Volunteer Organizations HV41; RC440.2 A
Community-Based Development and Community Mental Health   C
Community Mental Health RA790.55  
Handicapped (Disabilities) HV1494-HV3024 A
Social Support (family relationships in mental illness) HM131; RC455.5 A
Self-Help Groups and Mutual Aid HV547; RC489 A
Culture and Gender Diversity    
Aboriginal Issues (Canada) E78 B
Culture and Law (Citizen Participation) K 487 A
Community Research HT110 A
Conflict Management (Conflict Resolution) HM136; BF637 I48 C
Critical Psychology BF39.9 B
Ethnopsychology (Cultural and Cross-Cultural Psychology) GN502 B
Determinants of Health RA427; R724.5 A
Feminism and Psychology of Women BF175.4.F45 (psychoanalysis); HQ1206; BF201.4 A
Gender Diversity (cross-cultural) GN479.65 A
Human Services (Delivery, Design, and Administration) HV40; HV43 B
Organizational Behavior; Industrial Psychology (Organizational Psychology) HF5548.8; HD58.7 C
Community Development (Participatory and Action Research HN49; H62 (general) A
Program Evaluation and Needs Assessment H62; HV11 A
Psychological Impacts of Disaster BF789.D5 B
Community Psychology (Psychological Sense of Community) HM131 A
Qualitative Research Methods H61 A
Quality of Life HN25 C
Pluralism (Race, Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation) HM1271 A
Social Change and Political Action RC454; HN90 A
Social Ecology HM206 B
Stress BF575S75 C
Altruism BJ1474 C
Applied Social Psychology HM251 A
Autobiographical Memory BF378.A87 A
Attitudes and Beliefs BF327; BF773; HM1181 B
Attribution HM1076 B
Conformity HM291; HM1246 C
Ethnopsychology (Cross-Cultural Psychology) GN502; BF121; HM1033 B
Dissonance BF227.C63;HM251 C
Clinical Health Psychology; Psychology and Medicine (Health Psychology) R726.5-R726.7; RA394 B
Impression Formation HM1081 B
Interpersonal Relations HM1106 A
Intimate Relationships (Liking and Love) BF575.L8 A
Philosophy. Methodology; Social Psychology - Methodology BF38.5; HM251 B
Motivation, Emotion and Mood BF501;HM1201; BF531-BF538;BF521 A
Personality Theories, Measurement, Traits and Processes BF501-BF505; BF531-BF593; BF521 A
Prejudice and Stereotyping HM1091-HM1096 A
Psychology of Religion (also collected by Religion & Culture) BL53 C
Self and Identity (e.g. Self-Concept, Self-Esteem) BF697.5S43; HM1051; HM1061 A
Social Cognition BF720; HM1041 A
Social Groups, Group Dynamics and Inter-Group Relations HM716; HM711; -HM753 A
Social Influence and Persuasion HM1176; HM1196; BF637.P4 B
Socialization. Enculturation HM686 C
Violence and Aggression BF575.A3; RC569.5.A34; HM1116 C
Adolescence BF724-BF724.3 B
Aging (Cognitive; Interpersonal Relations) BF724.55.A35;BF724.55C63; BF724.85.C64; BF724.8-BF724.85; HQ1061 B
Attachment BF575.A86; BF723.A75 (child); B
Cognitive Development BF720.C63 (infant); BFBF723.C5 (child); BF724.3.C58 (Adolescence);BF724.85.C64 (Adulthood) A
Computer Literacy QA76.9.C64 A
Conceptual Development (e.g. Knowledge Acquisition & Retention) LB1051 A
Cross-Cultural Contexts of Development BF713; BF721-BF722 B
Emotional Development BF723.E6 B
Eyewitness Testimony & Forensic Psychology RA1148; K 5483;BF241; KF9672 A
Family Psychology RC488.5 B
Gender Role Development HQ1075 A
Identity Development BF697 B
Infancy BF719 C
Second Language Acquisition (Language Development & Bilingualism (2nd Language Development)) P118; RC425 A
Learning Disabilities RJ506.L4 A
Life Change events (Life Transitions) BF637.L53 A
Memory Development; Strategy Instruction & Development BF723; LB1057 A
Midlife Crisis (Midlife Development) HQ1059.4; BF724.65.M53 C
Moral and Prosocial Development BF723 A
Mathematics Development & Learning (New addition)    
Narrative and Discourse Analysis P302 A
Non-parental Child Care HQ778.5 C
Parenting (between parent & infant; between parent & child; between parent & adult child) HQ755.84; BF723.P25; HQ755.85; HQ755.86; BF720.P37 A
Child Development. Socialization; Developmental Psychology. Child Psychology. Interpersonal Relations (Peer Relations) BF723.I646; HQ783 B
Perceptual Development (infant; child) BF720.P47; BF723.P46; B
Political Psychology (Political Development) JA74.5 C
Puberty BF724 B
Reading Development and Disabilities LB1050.53; LB1050.5; BF456.R2 A
Religions Development BL625.5; BL51-BL53 C
Romantic Relationship/Development BF724.3.L68 (youth); B
Self-Perception (Self-concept) BF697; BF720.S44 (infant); BF723.S28 (child); BF723.3.S35 (youth) B
Social Cognition (Socialization of Cognition) HM131; HM1041 C
Temperament BF798 C
Theory of Mind; Understanding of the Mind BF161-BF168 B
Methodology and Research    
Mathematics and Statistics (e.g. multivariate analysis, GLM, HLM, SEM, MR) BF39 A
Psychological Testing and Measurement (e.g. Reliability, Validity, Factor Analysis) BF38.5-BF29.2 A
Research/Experimental Design and Data Analysis BF176; BF431; BF698.8 A
Statistical Software (e.g. SPSS, LISREL, HLM, Amos) HA32 B
General Works    
Ethics BF47; BF76.4 B
History, Philosophy, and Critical Psychology BF81-BF108; BF39-BF39.8; BF39.9 A
Professional Development BF75-BF76; BF77-BF80.8 C
Theories and Systems BF38 C
Assessment LB1131 B
Curriculum and Programs LB1140.4 (Early childhood and preschool education); LB1570 (Elementary education); LB2361 (Higher education); LB1180 (Kindergarten); LB2806 (Planning); LB1523 (Primary education); LB1628 (Secondary education); LC6233 (university extension); LC1048.C87 (Vocational education) C
Instruction LB1028.3-LB1029 A
Learning and Achievement LB1062.6 A
Policy LB1060 C
School Psychology LB1027.55 C
Special Education LC3965 A
Industrial/Organizational (I/O Psychology) Also collected by School of Business and Economics  
Consumer Behavior (Consumer Psychology) HF5415.32 C
Interviewing BF637.I5; HF5549.I6 C
Leadership and Management BF637.L4 C
Performance and Job Satisfaction HF5549; HF5549.5.J63 C
Task Analysis HF5548.8 C
Vocational Guidance (Vocational Choice) HF5381-HF5382.69 C
Clinical Psychology    
Behavior, Emotional, and Mental Illness and Disorders RA790.5 C
Child Psychopathology and Psychotherapy RJ499; RJ504 A
Diagnosis and Assessment RJ503.5 C
Hospital Care and Institutionalization RJ504.5 C
Mental and Physical Disabilities RC569.7 - RC574; BF727.P57; BF727.H3 C
Neurological and Psychosomatic Disorders RC49; RC435; RC394 C
Psychotherapy RC480; RC475-RC475.7 B
Rehabilitation RM930 B
Sport Psychology (also collected by Kinesiology & Physical Education) GV706.4 C

Related programs and support

Consortial purchases with the TriUniversity Group of Libraries (Guelph, Waterloo, Laurier university libraries), with the Ontario Council of University Libraries, and on a national level through the Canadian Knowledge Research Network, are pursued.

Related materials are also purchased in support of departments and programs such as Social Work, Education, Mathematics, Sociology, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and other Science departments. The Universities of Guelph and Waterloo also offer programs to the graduate level in Psychology. Their collections are available to Laurier students and faculty through the shared TRELLIS library catalogue.