Last updated: August 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 Gina Matesic, the Collections Librarian, in cooperation with and endorsed by Dana Sawchuk, the Department Faculty Library Liaison and the Department Chair.


To support teaching, study and research up to the honors degree level, as well as to support faculty research


  • Language: primarily English languages materials are collected; however important works by contemporary French-speaking sociologists which are unavailable in English are also encouraged. Material in other languages is not necessarily excluded.
  • Place of Publication: no area is excluded; international relevant and comparative materials are encouraged but the emphasis is placed on Canadian and American publications
  • Dates of Publication: emphasis is placed on recently published works
  • Chronological Period: both contemporary and historical work is to be acquired
  • Geographical Areas: no area is excluded; international relevant and comparative material is to be encouraged, whilst ensuing acquisition of sociologically relevant material on Canada
  • Publishers: works from academic and scholarly 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 literature, pamphlets, reprints and partial contents (eg. single issues of journals, electronic versions of single chapters of books).

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
History of Sociological Thought HM19 C
Philosophy of Social Science H61 A
Conflict Theory/Marxism HM497; HM471; HM1121 A
Phenomenology HM26 D
Ethnomethodology HM481 B
Symbolic Interactionsim HM499 C
Feminist Theory HQ1190 A
General Theory HM24 B
Postmodernism HM449 B
Critical Theory HM24 B
Quantitative Methods HM529 C
Qualitative Methods HM48 B
Substantive Areas
Aging HQ1060-HQ1064 B
Criminology HV6018 B
Culture/Cultural Studies/Semiotics HM101; HM621; P99 B
Deviance HM811 B
Demography and Population HB885; HB848- D
Disability HV1568 B
Education LC191 A
Environmental Society HM206; GE170 C
Family HQ503-HQ743 A
Gender HQ1075-HQ1075.5 A
Globalization GE105; HM467 A
Historical Sociology HM104 C
Human Rights K258;JC571;JX1977;HM15 A
Language/Sociolinguistics P41 D
Law/Legal Studies K366-K380 D
Mass Media/Communications HM258;P87-P96; HF5439 B
Medicine/Medical Sociology RA 418-RA418.5;RC108 A
Men and Masculinity HQ1088-HQ1090.7 B
Mental Illness RC455; BF57 B
Poverty HC79; HV91 A
Race and Ethnic Relations HT1501 A
Religion BL60 B
Sexuality HQ60; HQ21 A
Social Change HM831 B
Social Development of Canada HN101-HN110 C
Social Movements HM881 A
Social Problems HN57-HN59.2 B
Sociology of State Formation JC336-JC337 C
Stratification HM821 B
Urban Studies HT101-HT395 C
Women/Sex Roles HQ1075; HQ1101-1111; HQ1206 A
Work and Occupations HD6955 B
Youth HQ793-HQ799 B

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