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Purpose and scope
The purpose of this document is to describe the Schulich Library guidelines for supporting teaching and research conducted by the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. The Department offers degrees at the Bachelors level (B.Eng.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), and Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). While the program covers the core subjects of civil engineering, specializations are available in the following research areas:
- Environmental Engineering
- Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
- Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Transportation Engineering
With the advent of electronic publishing, McGill Library centralized the acquisition of its periodicals, indexing and abstracting databases and e-books. As of 2006, electronic materials represented 52% of the total library materials (Association of Research Libraries Statistics, 2005-2006). This overall number underrepresents the electronic collection in the Science, Technology, and Medical (STM) fields. We are constantly working toward an increased electronic coverage as it enables access to scholarly literature 24/7, from anywhere in the world.
This centralization effort for the acquisition of electronic materials and our participation in various consortia such as the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (CREPUQ) and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) enables the Library to provide and maintain a research level collection and provide access to major indexing and abstracting databases in the field. The Library also provides faculty members and graduate students with a "just-in-time" document delivery service for journal articles and conference proceedings not held at the Library. This service is established through a partnership with the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI).
Collection development guidelines
Required reading acquisitions
It is our goal that all of the required materials for courses (textbooks, journal articles, DVDs) be included in the collection. The Course Reserves collection ensures fair access for all students by providing access to selected materials on a short term loan period. Because of the increasing high availability of electronic materials, we recommend inclusion of persistent links within WebCT whenever the electronic format is available. This provides students with unlimited simultaneous access while meeting most licensing agreement requirements. The reserve request form can be used to request material to be placed on Course Reserves. A short tutorial on how to view the Course Reserves is also available.
As of 2008, the McGill e-books collection includes more than two million titles. The preferred acquisition model for e-books is through the purchase of large sets. Examples of large sets purchases include:
- Springer eBook collection includes more than 30 000 titles. All of 2005, 2006, 2007, 3340 e-books for 2008 and 3370 more titles purchased for 2009 collection.
- Wiley InterScience online books collection includes over 6000 titles.
- Knovel with over 1500 titles
Most of the monographic selection, outside of sets purchase, is automated using selection profiling tools. It is essential that the Liaison Librarian and the Departmental Representative review the profile below frequently to ensure profile relevancy with Faculty research interests.
Suggestions for book acquisition can be made using our online form to suggest a purchase. Whenever available, e-books format will be selected over the print version.
McGill Library, along with its consortiums partners, favors the purchase of electronic journal titles (full text) produced by a publisher, bundled, and sold as an all-or-nothing deal. Examples of STM packages include:
- Elsevier ScienceDirect
- Applied Science and Technology Full Text (Wilson Web)
- EBSCO Academic Search Complete
- ProQuest Digital Dissertations and Theses: Full Text
Through the Catalogue we are also making available extensive Open Access collection. For example, the Catalogue will resolve link to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
Requests for journal acquisition can be made by email to your Liaison Librarian. Note that a Collection Development Committee is in the process of being established, and one of the main roles of this Committee will be to make system-wide decisions as to what should be ordered from these requests, keeping in mind the needs of all disciplines.
Print cancellation policy
Whenever a title is available electronically and we own a perpetual license to it, the print format will be cancelled.
The collection development profile below uses the Collection levels employed by McGill University Library.
|LC Classification||Description||Collection level|
|HE1 - HE9900||Transportation and Communications|
|HE194||Transportation safety (general)||2|
|HE305 - HE314||Urban transportation||3b|
|HE315 - HE322||Rural transportation||3b|
|HE331 - HE380.7||Traffic engineering Roads||4|
|HE380.8 - HE1000||Water transportation.||3b|
|HEHE1001 - HE5600||Railways||3b|
|HE4201 - HE5350||Local transit. Subways||4|
|HE5601 - HE5735||Automotive transportation||3b|
|HE5736 - HE5745||Bicycles||3b|
|HE5746 - HE5750||Stage lines.||3b|
|TA1 - TA2040||Engineering (General) Civil Engineering (General)|
|TA1 - TA156||General. History||2|
|TA157 - TA158||Engineering as a profession||1|
|TA159 - TA163||Technical education. Research||3b|
|TA166 - TA167||Human engineering||3b|
|TA168 - TA169||Systems engineering. Reliability||3b|
|TA170 - TA173||Environmental engineering||4|
|TA174 - TA176||Engineering design||4|
|TA177 - TA200||Engineering economy. Management||3b|
|TA201 - TA328||Contractors’ operations. Engineering law.||2|
|TA329 - TA341||Engineering mathematics||3b|
|TA342 - TA344||Mathematical models||3b|
|TA345 - TA348||Electronic data processing||3b|
|TA349 - TA364||Mechanics of engineering. Fluid mechanics||3b|
|TA368 - TA494||Standards. Materials||3b|
|TA495 - TA500||Disasters and engineering||3b|
|TA501 - TA629||Surveying||3b|
|TA630 - TA702||Structural engineering||3b|
|TA630 - TA644||General||3b|
|TA645 - TA657||Structural analysis||3b|
|TA658 - TA702||Structural design||3b|
|TA706 - TA889||Rock. Soil mechanics||4|
|TA800 - TA820||Tunnelling||3b|
|TA890 - TA899||Iron and steel work||3b|
|TA900 - TA1000||Protection of structures||3b|
|TA1001 - TA1500||Transportation engineering||4|
|TC1 - TC1800||Hydraulic||3b|
|TD1 - TD1066||Environmental Technology. Sanitary Engineering|
|TD1 - TD157||General. History||3b|
|TD158 - TD168||Remote sensing. Municipal engineering||3b|
|TD169 - TD171||Environmental protection||3b|
|TD172 - TD192||Environmental pollution. Remediation||3b|
|TD195.4 - TD200||Special environment pollutants. Acid rain||3b|
|TD201 - TD510||Water supply||4|
|TD201 - TD364||General. History||3b|
|TD365 - TD389||Water quality.Monitoring.Conservation||3b|
|TD390 - TD418||Sources of water supply||4|
|TD419 - TD428||Water pollution||4|
|TD429 - TD480||Water reuse. Purification||4|
|TD481 - TD510||Water distribution.||4|
|TD511 - TD780||Sewage. Solid wastes||4|
|TD785 - TD812.5||Municipal refuse||4|
|TD813 - TD870||Street cleaning. Litter and its removal||1|
|TD 878-880||Soil pollution||Collected at Macdonald Campus Library|
|TD881 - TD890||Air pollution||4|
|TD891 - TD894||Noise pollution||4|
|TD895 - TD919||Industrial sanitation. Radioactive waste||3b|
|TD895 - TD899||Industrial sanitation. Industrial waste||3b|
|TD920 - TD939||Rural sanitary engineering||3b|
|TD940 - TD1019||Low temperature sanitary engineering||3b|
|TD1020 - TD1066||Hazardous substances and their disposal||3b|
|TE1 - TE450||Highway Engineering. Roads and Pavements||4|
|TF1 - TF1620||Railroad Engineering and Operation||4|
|TG1 - TG470||Bridge Engineering||4|
|TH1 - TH9999||Building Construction||3b|
|TS780 - TS799||Stonework||3b|
|TS800 - TS939||Wood technology||3b|
Subjects not covered in this policy are engineering geology and rock mechanics (collected by Mining and Materials Engineering).