Physics and Computer Science

Last updated: July 1, 2007


The Collection Development policy is 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 Michael Skelton, the Collections Librarian, in cooperation with and endorsed by Angele Hamel, the Department Faculty Library Liaison and the Department Chair.


  • To support teaching, study and research up to the honours undergraduate level, as well as to support faculty research.
  • Areas of special interest must include: acoustical foundations of music, applied mathematics, astronomy, computer science, digital electronics integrated circuits, lasers, meteorology, optics, photonics, physics, solid state physics. Within each specific area individual faculty members may make recommendations for items to be included in the collection.


  • Language: primarily English language materials are collected. Important publications primarily in French, German, Spanish and Russian will also be considered either in their original language or translation if available.
  • Place of Publication: emphasis is placed on Canadian and American publishers first, then British and European.
  • Dates of Publication: emphasis is placed on recently published works.
  • Chronological Period: contemporary and historical works are acquired.
  • Geographical Areas: no geographical restrictions. Material is selected for its scientific importance
  • Publishers: works from scholarly and academic publishers are emphasized

Types, formats, and readership of materials collected

  • Materials with academic-level readership are selected.
  • Web-based formats for reference sources, journals and indexing sources are preferred. Print and microform are considered for reason of cost, availability, expected use or long term access.
  • 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.
  • Excluded types include textbooks, abridgements, study aids, limited editions, works by vanity presses, juvenile, pamphlets, reprints and partial contents (eg. single issues of journals, electronic versions of single chapters of books).
  • The following items, as they apply to Physics & Computer Science, will only be considered for inclusion in the collection upon the request of the faculty:
    • Proceedings, symposia, international congresses, etc
    • Selected Canadian and American theses
    • Reports of non-governmental organizations such as research centres, university departments, etc
    • Numeric and/or spatial data
    • Electronic formats

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.
Collecting priority by subject
Subjects collected Classification Collecting priority
Computer science QA75.5 - QA76.95 A
Machine theory, abstract machines, abstract automata QA267 - QA268.5 B
General, history QB1 - QB139 C
Practical and spherical astronomy QB140 - QB168
Position of pole QB169
Determination of the ecliptic QB171
Prediction of eclipses, occultations, & transits QB175 - QB185
Geodetic astronomy QB201 - QB205.U7Z
Azimuth, determination of meridian QB207
Time QB209 - Qb224
Longitude and latitude QB224.5 - QB237
Geodesy QB275 - Qb343
Theoretical astronomy and celestial mechanics QB349 - QB421
Cosmochemistry QB450 - QB450.5
Astrogeology QB454 - QB456
Astrophysics (general) QB460 - QB466.P67
Non-optical methods of astronomy QB468 - QB480
Descriptive astronomy QB495 - QB991
General QC1 - QC19 C
Mathematical physics QC19.2 - QC20.85 C
General works, treatises, advanced textbooks QC21 - QC19 C
Study and teaching, research QC30 - QC71
Force and energy, general QC72 - QC75
Weights and measures QC81 - QC114
Descriptive & experimental mechanics
General QC12 - QC131
Dynamics, motion QC133 - QC137.52
Fluids, fluid mechanics QC138 - QC168.86
Atomic physics, constitution & properties of matter QC170 - QC171.2
Constitution of matter & antimatter (general) Qc172 - QC173.25
Properties of matter & antimatter (general) QC173.28 - QC173.458
Relativity physics QC173.5 - QC173.65
Field theories, unified field theories QC173.68 - QC173.75
Quantum theory, quantum mechanics QC1773.96 - QC174.52 B
Statistical physics QC174.7 - QC175.36 B
Superfluid physics QC175.4 - QC175.47
Solids, solid-state physics QC176 - QC176.9 B
Special substances QC176.95
Theories of the Ether QC177
Theories of gravitation QC178
Special properties of matter & antimatter QC182 - QC197
Sound, light and heat as a whole QC220 - QC220.5
Acoustics, sound
General QC221 - QC229 C
Special topics (underwater, sound waves, etc...) QC231 - QC246
General QC251 - QC275
High temperatures QC276 - QC277
Low temperatures QC277.9 - QC278.6
High pressure QC280 - QC280.6
Relations between pressure, volume & temperature Qc281 - QC281.5
Calorimeteres and calorimetry QC290 - QC297
Change of state QC301 - QC310
Thermodynamics QC310.15 - QC319
Heat transfer QC319.8 - QC338.5
Optics, light
General QC350 - QC370 A
Optical instruments & apparatus (general) QC370.5 - QC379
Geometrical optics QC380 - QC389 A
Photometry, microphotometry QC391
Physical optics QC392 - QC449.5 A
Spectroscopy QC450 - QC467 B
Radiation physics (general) QC474 - QC476.W38 C
Luminescence QC476.4 - QC480.2
X-rays, roentgen rays QC480.8 - QC484.6
Cosmic ray physics QC484.8 - QC485.9
Other radiations QC490.4 - QC492
Colour QC494 - QC496.9
Electricity and magnetism
Electricity QC501 - QC718.8
Magnetism QC750 - QC766.T56
Nuclear & particle physics, atomic energy, radioactivity
General QC770 - QC784.5
Instruments and apparatus QC785.5 - QC787.V45
Research QC788 - QC788.2
Nuclear fission QC789.7 - QC790.8
Nuclear fusion QC790.95 - QC791.8
Atomic energy QC791.9 - QC792.8
Elementary particle physics QC793 - QC793.5
Nuclear interactions QC793.9 - QC794.8
Radioactivity & radioactive substances QC794.95 - QC798
Geophysics, cosmic physics
General Qc801 - QC809
Geomagnetism QC811 - QC849
Meteorology, climatology
General QC851 - QC874.8
Meteorological stations & observations, weather stations QC875.5 - QC876.7
Meteorological instruments QC875.5 - QC876.7
Weather signals, storm warnings, etc... QC877
Weather broadcasting QC877.5
Construction of weather maps, charts, etc... QC878
Aeronomy, upper atmosphere QC878.5 - QC879.59
Dynamic meteorology QC880 - QC880.4
Atmospheric shells (general) QC881 - QC881.2
Atmospheric pollutants QC882 - QC882.6
Cosmic relations, influence of sun & moon, etc... QC883 - QC883.2
Mesometeorology QC883.4 - QC883.52
Micrometeorology QC883.7 - QC883.82
Paleoclimatology QC884 - QC884.2
Atmospheric pressure QC885 - QC896
Temperature and radiation QC901 - QC913.2
Aqueous vapor QC915 - QC929.28
Wind QC930.65 - QC959
Electrical phenomena in the atmosphere QC960.5 - QC969
Aurora QC970 - QC972.5
Radio meteorology, microwave meteorology QC972.6 - QC973.8
Meteorological optics QC974.5 - QC976
Climatology and weather QC980 - QC999
Electrical engineering, electronics, nuclear engineering, telecommunication
General QC5101 - QC5102.85 A
Apparatus and supplies QC5103 - QC5103.15 B
Wireless communication systems QC5103.2 - QC5103.488 B
Optical communications QC5103.59 A
Dense wavelength division multiplexing QC5013.592 B
Laser communication systems QC5103.6 A
Digital communications QC5013.7 - QC5103.75 A
Switching systems QC5103.8 B
Computer networks QC5105.5 - QC5105.9 A
General, history, treatises, patents, manuals QC7800 - QC7866 C
Electronic circuits (general) QC7867 - QC7868 B
Microelectronics, integrated circuits QC7874 - QC7895 B
Applications of electronics QC788 - QC7895 B
Optoelectronic devices, photoelectronics devices QC8300 - QC8360 A

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