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 use OneSearch (video tutorial)
Location: Call numbers A through J - 2nd floor stacks located in L260
Location: Call numbers K through Z - 3rd floor stacks located in L300
Periodicals refer to publications that are published periodically, including newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals.  (Wiley Journal Package, Periodical Subscription Review 2012)
Journals A - Z
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 and use Find It! to see if the Library has a subscription to a desired title.
How to lookup a specific journal: Go to Journals A - Z and search for the title of the resource.
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: Go to OneSearch and search for the title of the resource. Using the filters on the left-side of the results list, narrow the results here. Or, go to OneSearch Advanced Search, limit the search to Articles (at the top of the search form), and search for the title of the resource. 
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 in L210
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 in databases online.
How to search print reference books: Go to OneSearch and search for the title of the resource. Using the filters on the left-side of the results list, narrow the results here under the Resource Type (look for Reference Entries) or Location (look for Reference) filters.
How to search online sources: Choose an appropriate database.
Location: Shelved by Library of Congress call number in Reference Stacks in L210
Special Collections
Special Collections and University Archives is closed for the 2018-2019 academic year in preparation for the upcoming Library building renovations.
The University Library Special Collections is a repository for primary research materials of interest to the campus, the community, and the Central Valley region. The primary purpose of Special Collections at Stanislaus State is to support faculty teaching and student learning and research. Collection strengths include local and regional history books and documents, local history manuscript collections, oral histories, Stanislaus County historical documents, photographic collections, and the University Archives.
How to search: Click here to be directed to the Special Collections Research Guide (this link will open in a new window)
Children's Collection
The Library has a representative collection of literature written for children, primarily preschool to Grade 6; this collection consists of picture books, fiction, and non-fiction. It is intended for the use of students in teacher education and children's literature courses as well as those preparing for related careers.  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 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.
How to search the children's collection: Go to OneSearch and search for the title, author, or subject. Call numbers will include one of the following: Easy (picture book designation), Fic (fiction book designation), Biog (biography designation), or 000-999 for nonfiction.
Location: Shelved by Dewey Decimal, Easy Reading, Biography, or Fiction call number, the Children's Collection is located in the center of the Collaboratory/Reference Reading Room in L210
Compact Discs (Audio)
The Library acquires musical recordings as needed to support the music curriculum. Compact discs (CDs) are cataloged in OneSearch according to the ANSCR (Alpha-Numeric System for Classification of Recordings) system. 
How to search: Go to OneSearch and search by name of the recording artist or composer, title, or subject. Using the filters under Resource Type, look for LP to narrow the search.
Location: Videos & Music Collection in Circulation Hall in file cabinets
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 course textbooks. Circulation periods for these materials are determined by the instructors and range from two hours to one week.

How to search: Go to OneSearch and search by course title or instructor's name.

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CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Library Services
Library services are available via the Stockton Library Services web page. Students may retrieve physical items (e.g. books, DVDs, CDs, etc.) owned by the University Library at the Turlock campus or held by other libraries via the online book request form. Materials requested from the Turlock campus are usually available in the Stockton Library Access Center within 2 business days. 
Students may request articles that are not available online or shelved in the University Library's print or microfilm journal collections through an Interlibrary Loan request.
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 next to the Collaboratory. 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 OneSearch 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, 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 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 next to the Collaboratory and adjacent to the California State publications. For more information and for assistance using local documents, please ask at the Reference Desk.

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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 OneSearch 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 OneSearch.
How to search: Go to OneSearch and search by name of the director or actor, title, or subject. Using the filters under Resource Type, look for DVD to narrow the search.
Location: Videos & Music Collection in Circulation Hall in file cabinets. Video players are also available in the Circulation Hall.


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