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History of the Collection
Over the years primary interest has been in economic theory, economic history, public finance and international trade. Since the 1960's there has been considerable acquisition of professional literature in comparative economics, development economics and, of late, in mathematical economics. The Economics Department has expanded its area of research and teaching in these growing areas of the subject in addition to the traditional fields.
Current Collection Development
New faculty appointments have been made in many areas in the rapid expansion of the Department (fifty percent increase over the last five years): economic theory (macro and micro), comparative economic systems (with an emphasis on Russia), econometrics, economic history, history of economic thought, international trade, labour economics, mathematical economics, monetary theory, and public finance.
The primacy of periodical publications in this field is recognized and a steady effort to monitor the serials collection in conjunction with faculty has been undertaken.
Academic Programmes and Liaison
The Economics Department provides a full range of coverage for Graduate and Undergraduate studies. Master of Arts (with and without thesis) and a Ph.D. programme are available. Joint courses are available with the Faculty of Management. Collection development is the responsibility of the Economics bibliographer. Liaison with the Department is maintained through the departmental coordinator as well as with other faculty members when required. Regular contact with other subject and area bibliographers and teaching departments is maintained through the sharing of relevant review material.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Library is the major location for the University's Economics collection. In addition the following McGill libraries collect economics materials corollary to their subject responsibilities: Howard Ross Management, Health Sciences, Law, Macdonald Campus (Agriculture and related fields).
Howard Ross Library of Management collects widely in the field of management including managerial economics and the applied aspects of industrial relations.
The Centre for the Study of Regulated Industries and the Documentation Centre of the Centre for Developing Area Studies provide material on these topics. The Economics Department maintains a Reading Room which collects useful material such as Working Papers.
The Government Documents Department is a depository for Canadian and Quebec government publications, as well as the United Nations, World Bank, the European Union, GATT and the ILO. Other international organizations such as the World Bank, OECD and IMF are collected selectively. It also collects official statistical sources from many countries throughout the world. The Department subscribes to the publications of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee on microfiche.
The Walter Hitschfeld Environmental Earth Sciences Library holds Enviro-Energy Abstracts+ , an interdisciplinary environmental abstract and index, backed by full text articles on microfiche. Although most of the journals covered deal with science and technology a number of economics and business oriented titles are covered as well.
Other important resources in the city include the library of the Ecole des hautes études commerciales (HEC) which has a distinguished collection with broad, international scope. The Bibliothèque des lettres et sciences humaines of the Université de Montréal has a strong economics and industrial relations collection and collects very comprehensively in demography and population theory. Special libraries belonging to businesses or governmental agencies, e.g. Royal Bank of Canada Library, (Place Ville Marie) Statistics Canada (Complexe Guy Favreau) hold specialized documentation in their fields and normally give access to university level researchers.
Consortia and Document Delivery
The Center for Research Libraries in Chicago, a consortium to which McGill belongs holds many basic documents, foreign dissertations, trade statistics, census materials, central bank reports. The Center also subscribes to Economic Working Papers (in microform) from 1974 onward.
Research Libraries Group and OCLC memberships provide access to vast bibliographic databases and efficient document delivery systems based on the holdings of North America's most eminent research collections.
General Collection Guidelines
Languages: English is the primary language of the collection; works published in French are purchased selectively Quebec material more extensively than European publications. Significant works in other languages are sought in English or French translations. Publications in other languages are purchased very selectively.
Chronological Coverage: Special emphasis is on collecting materials for the modern period (most recent thirty years).
Geographical Coverage: Priorities are as follows: 1. Canada and the United States 2. East and South Asia 3. Western Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe 4. Middle East and SubSaharan Africa 5. Other countries.
Treatment of the Subject: Scholarly treatment is emphasized. Textbooks and introductory works are not normally acquired unless they are course oriented.
Date of Publication: Emphasis is on current publications. Retrospective acquisitions are only made of economic classics, works of classical economists or to rectify neglected areas. Where possible replacements of important books which have deteriorated or disappeared are made.
Subjects and Levels of Collecting
Definitions of levels from the American Library Association's Guide for Written Collection Policy Statements, 2nd. ed. 1996. The subject headings and arrangement of topics have been taken from the Journal of Economic Literature.
|Methodology and History of Economic Thought||3b|
|History of Economic Thought through 1925|
|History of Economic Thought since 1925|
|History of Thought: Individuals|
|Mathematical and Quantitative Methods||3b|
|Econometric and Statistical Methods|
|Mathematical Methods and Programming|
|Game Theory and Bargaining Theory|
| Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; |
|Design of Experiments|
|Household Behaviour and Family Economics|
|Production and Organizations|
|Market Structure and Pricing|
|General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium|
|Analysis of Collective Decision-Making (with Political Science)|
|Information and Uncertainty|
|Intertemporal Choice and Growth|
|Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics||3b|
|General Aggregative Models|
|Consumption, Saving, Production Employment and Investment|
|Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles|
|Money and Interest Rates|
| Monetary Policy, Central Banking and the Supply of Money and |
| Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, Macroeconomic |
Policy, and General Outlook
| International Business (with Howard Ross |
Library of Management)
|Financial Institutions and Services|
|Corporate Finance and Governance (with Howard Ross Library of Management)|
|Global Investment (with Howard Ross Management Library)|
|Public Finance (with Political Science)||3b|
|Structure and Scope of Government|
|Taxation and Subsidies|
|Fiscal Policies and Behaviour of Economic Agents (with Political Science)|
|Publicly Provided Goods|
|National Government Expenditures and Related Policies|
|National Budget, Deficit and Debt|
|State and Local Government, Intergovernmental Relations|
|Health, Education and Welfare||2|
|Health (largely collected by Health Sciences Library)|
|Education (with Education Library)|
|Welfare (with Social Work bibliographer)|
|Labour and Demographic Economics||3a|
|Time Allocation, Work Behaviour and Employment Determination||3b|
|Wages, Compensation and Labour Cost||3b|
|Particular Labour Markets||3a||3b|
|Mobility, Unemployment and Vacancies||3a||3b|
|Industrial Organization (with Howard Ross Management Library)||3b|
|Market Structure, Firm Strategy and Market Performance|
|Firm Objectives, Organization and Behaviour|
| Non-profit Organizations and Public Enterprise ;|
|Regulation and Deregulation, Industrial Policy|
|Industry Studies: Manufacturing|
|Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction|
|Industry Studies: Services|
|Industry Studies: Utilities and Transportation|
|Business Administration (collected by Howard Ross Management Library)||0|
|Marketing and Advertising|
|Economic History 1960+ (for pre-1960 see History policy)||3a||3b|
|Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth||3a||3b|
|Development Planning and Policy|
|Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity|
|Economywide Country Studies|
|Economic Systems (capitalism, socialism etc.including comparative studies)||3a|
|Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics||2|
|Renewable Resources and Conservation, Environmental Management||3b||4|
|Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation (Ecological Economics)||3b||4|
|Urban, Rural and Regional Economics (with Howard Ross, Urban Planning,Geography and Hitschfeld bibliographers)||3a|
|General Spatial Economics||3a||3b|
|Production Analysis and Firm Location||3b|
|Regional Government Analysis||1|
|Other Special Topics|
|Russia and Eastern Europe |
see Slavic and East European policies
|Latin America and the Caribbean||3a||3b|
|Middle East, Africa, Australia||3a|
|East Asia, ASEAN and South Asia||3a|
Coordination and Cooperation
McLennan Reference Department: Recommendations for the purchase of reference works are forwarded to Reference.
McLennan Government Documents: Regular communication with Government Documents concerning government published documentation of special interest for economic studies.
Management: Because there are so many overlapping interests the economics bibliographers for McLennan and Howard Ross meet regularly.
Agriculture: Agricultural Economics is collected by Macdonald Campus Library.
Geography: Close consultation with the Geography bibliographer. Economic geography and Environmental Economics are largely the province of the Geography Bibliographer and MacDonald Campus Library.
Health Sciences: Regular communication is maintained to determine areas of overlapping interests. The Health Sciences Library is considered the prime locations for materials on health economics.
History: Economic History prior to 1960 is collected by the History Bibliographer. Some business/company history is collected by the Howard Ross Management Library.
Political Science: Political Economy is largely covered by Political Science.
Plans for Further Development
Review of "economics" serials in conjunction with other Quebec universities.
Clarify collections policies with Law and Howard Ross bibliographers on the selection of publications dealing with the ethical and legal concerns of economists, as well as for the field of business history.
Descriptions of the Collection
Serials and standing order lists are available from the bibliographer.
Interim Collection Policy