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Electrical and computer engineering collection policy

Liaison librarian

  • Jennifer [dot] Zhao [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-1273

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 Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Department offers four distinct undergraduate degree programs. These are:

  • B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering
  • B.Eng. in Computer Engineering
  • B.S.E. in Software Engineering
  • B.Eng. in Honours Electrical Engineering

At the graduate level, two Master's degree programs, in addition to a Ph.D. program, are offered. Research in the Department focuses on the following thematic categories:

  • Bioelectrical Engineering
  • Computational Electromagnetics
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Integrated Circuits and Systems
  • Nano-Electronic Devices and Materials
  • Photonic Systems
  • Power Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems and Control
  • Telecommunications and Signal Processing

With the advent of electronic publishing, McGill Library centralized the acquisition of its periodicals, indexing and abstracting databases and e-books. 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 students with the InterLibrary service for books, journal articles and conference proceedings not held at the Library, called Colombo ILL.

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 MyCourses 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.

Book acquisitions

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:

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.

Journal acquisitions

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:

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).

Subject specific collections are also purchased. This is the case our membership with the ACM Digital Library.

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.

Collection levels - Definition of the collection levels employed by McGill University Library.

Software engineering
LC ClassificationDescriptionCollection level
QA76.58 Parallel processing 4
QA76.63 Logic programming 4
QA76.73 Computer Programming Languages 4
QA76.75-QA76.76 Software and software engineering (e.g., expert systems, viruses, hypertext systems, operating systems, etc.) 4
QA76.758 Software engineering 4
QA76.76.D47 Computer software development 4
QA76.87 Neural networks 4
QA402.3 Control theory 2
T385-390 Computer graphics 4
TA1634 Computer vision 4
TK5101-TK7017 Telecommunication. Signal processing. Internet 4
TK7885-TK7895 Computer engineering 4
Electrical engineering
LC ClassificationDescriptionCollection level
T173.2-T174 Technical changes 2
T201-T350 Patents. trademarks 2
TA164 Bioengineering 3
TA365-TA367 Acoustics in engineering 3
TA1800-TA1820 Applied fiber optics 4
TJ212-TJ226 Control engineering 4
TJ807-TJ835 Renewable energy sources. Solar energy 4
TK1-TK440 General. History 4
TK441-TK451 Management of electrical enterprises 2
TK452-TK530 Electric apparatus and materials 2
TK531-TK1000 Waveforms. Resonance 2
TK2000-TK2895 Dynamoelectric machinery 2
TK2896-TK3000 Direct energy conversion 2
TK3001-TK4124 Electric power 4
TK4125-TK4499 Electric lighting 4
TK4500-TK4600 Infrared technology 2
TK4601-TK5100 Electric heating 2
TK7018-TK9000 Electronics 2
TK9001-TK9899 Nuclear engineering. Atomic power 3

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