Collection Development Policy



Main Stacks
Most of the library's general collection is shelved in the main book stacks, arranged by Library of Congress call number. The main stacks house most of the library's monographs (books published in a single volume), copies of most CSU Stanislaus theses, as well as many general series and sets (books published in multiple volumes).
How to search: Library Catalog (Advanced search: Location = Main Book Collection)
Location: Call numbers A through J - 2nd floor stacks (L260)
Location: Call numbers K through Z - 3rd floor stacks (L300)
Periodicals refer to publications that are published periodically, including newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals.  (Wiley Journal Package, Periodical Subscription Review 2012)
Electronic Journals
The library's online subscriptions provide access to over 30,000 periodicals online, including 12,000 titles (mostly peer-reviewed journals) from scholarly collections, as well as an additional 20,000+ magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and other non-scholarly periodical titles.
How to search (for an article on a specific topic): Choose an appropriate database
(use Find It! to see if the Library has a subscription to a desired title)
How to lookup a specific journal: Electronic Journals List
Print Journals
The library maintains over 600 current subscriptions to print periodicals. The Periodicals Collection also houses older issues of an additional 1500 titles in print and/or microfilm.
How to search (by name of the journal): Library Catalog (Advanced search: Location = Journals and Other Periodicals)
How to search (for an article on a specific topic): Choose an appropriate database (and use Find It! to see if the Library has the title in print)
Location: Shelved alphabetically by title in the Journals and Magazines Collection (Perdiocials in L210 across from Collaboratory and the Reference Desk)
Reference Collection
The print reference collection contains many scholarly encyclopedias, handbooks, statistical compilations and other reference books. Most of the library's article and research indexes are now available online.
How to search (print reference books): Library Catalog (Limit to: Reference Collection)
How to search (online sources): Choose an appropriate database
Location: Shelved by Library of Congress call number in Reference Stacks (behind the Reference Desk in L210)
Children's Collection
The Library has a representative collection of literature written for children, primarily preschool to Grade 6. Intended for the use of students in teacher education and children's literature courses as well as those preparing for related careers, this collection consists of picture books, fiction, and non-fiction. Emphasis is placed on acquiring award-winning and special merit books, specifically Caldecott, Newberry, and Coretta Scott King award and honor books. In addition, significant secondary sources, such as best books, books about children's authors and illustrators, reviews, and selection aids are also included in the collection.
The Children's Collection is located in the center of the Collaboratory/Reference Reading Room, and books are shelved under an appropriate Dewey Decimal, Easy Reading, Biography, or Fiction call number. You can search for children's collection materials in the Library Catalog by author, title or subject. The designation "Juv" in the call number indicates that the item is part of the Children's Collection.  The Library has an online guide to the Children's Literature Collection.
Compact Discs (Audio)
The Library acquires musical recordings as needed to support the music curriculum. Audio compact discs (CDs) are cataloged in the Library Catalog, and housed in file cabinets in the Circulation Hall where they are arranged according to the ANSCR (Alpha-Numeric System for Classification of Recordings) system. You can locate compact discs in the Library Catalog , searching by name (of recording artist or composer), title or subject.
Course Reserves
Materials placed on Reserve by instructors for use by their students in conjunction with specific classes are housed in the "Reserves" collection which is located behind the Circulation Desk. These materials range from photocopies of class notes to journal articles, and on rare occasions to course textbooks. Circulation periods for these materials are determined by the instructors and range from two hours to one week.

To find items in the Reserves collection, you can search the Library Catalog by course title or instructor's name.

CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Library Services
The Stockton Library Access Center (Acacia 1049) houses a reference collection. Search the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Collection in the Library Catalog to determine what materials are housed in Stockton.
Library services are available via the Stockton Library Services web page. Students may retrieve materials owned by the CSU Stanislaus Library in Turlock or held by other libraries via the online request form. Materials requested from the Turlock campus are usually available in the Stockton library within 2 business days.
Government Publications
The Library has been a selective depository of U.S. and California government documents in print form since 1965. Both the U.S. Government Documents and the California State Documents collections are physically located in the stack area behind the Reference Desk. The U.S. documents are shelved according to the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) classification scheme which has the effect of grouping publications by issuing agency; the California state publications are shelved according to a similar scheme for the State of California. Federal and state documents which have been cataloged by the Library appear in the Library Catalog (where they are searchable by author (or agency name), title or subject), but the majority of these publications have not been cataloged so require the use of special finding aids. In the case of U.S. publications, GPO, the Government Printing Office's Catalog of Government Publications, is one such aid. For California state publications, the Melvyl catalog is often helpful. For assistance in finding and using government publications, please ask at the Reference Desk.

In recent years, many government publications are also being made available electronically. For more information as well as finding aids, consult the Library's subject guide to Government Information Resources.

The Library also collects materials produced by local government agencies from the University's six-county service area (Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties). The Local Documents collection is shelved in the stack area behind the Reference Desk and adjacent to the California State publications. For more information and for assistance using local documents, please ask at the Reference Desk.

Theses (CSU Stanislaus)
The Library serves as a repository for all master's theses submitted by CSU Stanislaus students. To locate theses, you can search the Library Catalog by author, title or subject (as well as by the names of members of the student's committee). New theses are available online.  For older theses, one copy of each thesis is shelved in the main circulating collection. A second copy, which is restricted to in-library use, is shelved in the University Archives.  Please contact the Reference Desk for further information and assistance. 
Video Cassettes and DVDs
The Library collects films in the video format as needed to support the curriculum. Videos are fully cataloged in the Library Catalog and are housed on special shelving in the Circulation Hall. Video players are also available in the Circulation Hall.
You can search the Library Catalog for videos using the standard author, title and subject indexes.