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|
|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|
|Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology (Neurobiology)||QP355.2||C|
|Motivation. Perceptual-motor learning (Timing Behavior)||BF295|
|Cognitive Neuroscience (Neurocognition)||QP360.5||A|
|Neuroimaging (e.g. fMRI, Event related potentials)||RC386.6; QP376.5||A|
|Autonomic and Conscious Retrieval||BF321||A|
|Human Memory Storage and Retrieval||BF444||B|
|Language Comprehension and Production||BF456||A|
|Chemical and Mechanical Processes||QP455;BF295||A|
|Neural Networking Modeling||QP363||A|
|Somatosensory Processes||BF231-233; QP431||B|
|Visual Attention and Search||BF463.S64||A|
|Primary Prevention and Mental Health Promotion|
|Protection, Assistance and Relief (Family Support)||HV697-HV700.7||A|
|Health Promotion||RA427.8; RA790.53||B|
|Primary Prevention||RJ499; BF173;RA790.7||A|
|Volunteer Organizations||HV41; RC440.2||A|
|Community-Based Development and Community Mental Health||C|
|Community Mental Health||RA790.55|
|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|
|Conflict Management (Conflict Resolution)||HM136; BF637 I48||C|
|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|
|Applied Social Psychology||HM251||A|
|Attitudes and Beliefs||BF327; BF773; HM1181||B|
|Ethnopsychology (Cross-Cultural Psychology)||GN502; BF121; HM1033||B|
|Clinical Health Psychology; Psychology and Medicine (Health Psychology)||R726.5-R726.7; RA394||B|
|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|
|Violence and Aggression||BF575.A3; RC569.5.A34; HM1116||C|
|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|
|Conceptual Development (e.g. Knowledge Acquisition & Retention)||LB1051||A|
|Cross-Cultural Contexts of Development||BF713; BF721-BF722||B|
|Eyewitness Testimony & Forensic Psychology||RA1148; K 5483;BF241; KF9672||A|
|Gender Role Development||HQ1075||A|
|Second Language Acquisition (Language Development & Bilingualism (2nd Language Development))||P118; RC425||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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Learning and Achievement||LB1062.6||A|
|Industrial/Organizational (I/O Psychology)||Also collected by School of Business and Economics|
|Consumer Behavior (Consumer Psychology)||HF5415.32||C|
|Leadership and Management||BF637.L4||C|
|Performance and Job Satisfaction||HF5549; HF5549.5.J63||C|
|Vocational Guidance (Vocational Choice)||HF5381-HF5382.69||C|
|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|
|Sport Psychology (also collected by Kinesiology & Physical Education)||GV706.4||C|