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Purpose and scope
The Department of Geography at McGill was founded in 1945. Although the department is based in the Faculty of Science, it is very much interdisciplinary. It offers degrees at the Bachelors (B.A. & B.Sc), Masters (M.A. & M.Sc), and Ph.D. levels. As of 2008, research focuses on the following thematic categories:
- Environment and human development
- Earth system science
- Environmental management
- GIS and remote sensing
- Land surface processes
- Political, urban, economic and health geography
The purpose of this document is to describe the Schulich Library guidelines for supporting teaching and research conducted by the department. The human aspect of the subject is addressed by the Geography (Human) Collection located at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library. Maps, atlases, aerial photography, and geospatial data are also out of scope of these guidelines.
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 Loan service for books, journal articles and conference proceedings not held at the Library, called Colombo ILL.
Collection Development Guidelines
General collection guidelines
English is preferred. Works published in a language other than English will be acquired if the author or the content is of sufficient importance.
Current monographic titles are purchased. The collection provides comprehensive coverage of older materials thanks to the age of the collection and the department at McGill.
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 license agreement requirements. The reserve request form can be used to request material to be placed on Course Reserves.
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 purchased 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 from the 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 that the profile remains relevant to 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.
The collection development profile below uses the Collection levels employed by McGill University Library.
|GB Geography Physical|
|LC Classification||Description||Collection level|
|GB111-GB399||By region or Country||3b|
|GB400-GB446||Geomorphology. General. By region or country||4|
|GB447||Climatic geomorphology||Collected for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences|
|GB448-GB449||Slopes||Collected for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences|
|GB561-GB568||Floodplains, river, channels, valley, watersheds||4|
|GB569-GB580||Piedmonts, plains, plateaus, steeps, tundra||3b|
|GB591-GB599||Alluvial fans, deltas, terraces||3b|
|GB599-GB608||Karst landforms. Caves||4|
|GB609-GB610||Interior valleys. Sinkhols||4|
|GB611-GB620||Desert. Arid regions||4|
|GB621-GB630||Marshes, bogs, swamps, etc||4|
|GB641-GB648||Frozen ground. Cold regions||4|
|GB701-GB844||Hydrology by region or Country||4|
|GB845-GB854||Hydrological cycles and forecasting||4|
|GB8550-GB979||Natural Water Chemistry||4|
|GB980-GB1197||Ground and surface waters (general)||4|
|GB1198||Springs and geysers||3b|
|GB1201-GB1398||Rivers and streams||4|
|GB1601-GB2400||Lakes, ponds, lagoons||4|
|GB2401-GB2800||Ice. Snow||Collected for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences|
|GB2801-2998||Hydrometeorology||Collected for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences|
|GB5000-5030||Natural disasters||Collected for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences|
|GC1-GC1581 Oceanography – Collected for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences|
|GE Environmental sciences|
|LC Classification||Description||Collection level|
|GE24-GE49||Data processing. Remote Sensing||4|
McGill Library, along with its consortial partners, favours 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
- Wilson Web
- EBSCO Academic Search Premier
- ProQuest digital dissertations
Through the Catalogue, we also make available extensive Open Access collections. For example, the Catalogue will resolve links to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
Subject specific collections are also purchased. For example, this is the case with our membership with the American Geophysical Union.
Requests for journal acquisition can be made by jennifer [dot] zhao [at] mcgill [dot] ca (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.