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Collection Development Guide: Physics: Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

General Selection Criteria

Alkek Library will purchase material at the Instructional level (2) for the library’s collection in support of the following degreed programs:                                               

  • BA, Major in Physics
  • BS, Major in Physics

Library will purchase material at the research level (3) for the library’s collection in support of the following degree programs:

  • Materials Physics, M.S.
  • Physics, M.S

The department allocation will also purchase material at research level (3) for the library in support of the Department of Physics faculty research.  

Specific Selection Criteria

Collection efforts will concentrate on, but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Elementary physics
  • Conceptual physics
  • General Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Solid state Physics
  • Microelectronics
  • Astronomy
  • Solar System
  • Stars & Galaxies
  • Mechanics
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Waves & Heat
  • Thermodynamics
  • Musical Acoustics
  • Applied Electronics
  • Optics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Professional physics (college teaching, research, employment responsibilities)


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