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Collection Development Guide: Geography: Selection Criteria

General Selection Criteria

Material will be purchased at level 2 (instructional level), in support of B.A. and B.S. undergraduate degrees.

Material will be purchased at level 3 (research level), in support of the following Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Applied Geography
  • Master of Science

Material will be purchased at level 3 (research level) or level 4 (exhaustive) by request in support of doctoral programs and in support of faculty research.

Specific Selection Criteria

Collection development will emphasize, but are not limited to the following:

  • Biostratigraphy
  • Cartography
  • Climatology
  • Cultural geology
  • Digital mapping
  • Economic geography
  • Environmental geography
  • Environmental policy
  • Fluvial processes
  • Geodesy
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography (mathematical models)
  • Geography (statistical methods)
  • Geography (study and teaching)
  • Geography of crime
  • Geography of health
  • Geography of specific regions (including World, China and Japa, Europe, Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, the American South, the Southwestern United States, the Yellowstone region, Texas, United States and Canada)
  • Geomorphology
  • Historical geography
  • Historical geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Land use planning
  • Landscape biogeography
  • Local geography
  • Maps and mapmaking
  • Meteorology
  • Mineralogy
  • Natual resources(management)
  • Natural hazards
  • Oceanography
  • Paleontology
  • Physical geography
  • Physical geology
  • Political geography
  • Population geography
  • Remote sensing
  • River basin management
  • Sedimentation
  • Soils
  • Solid waste planning and management
  • Stratigraphy
  • Structural geology
  • Tourism (heritage or culture)
  • Tourism (nature)
  • Transportation geography
  • Urban geography
  • Water policy
  • Water resources



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