Collection Development - Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences


Collections Contact: Sarah Barbrow (x3021)

The collection development policy for Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences guides the development and management of this multidisciplinary collection. This policy is for the use of the selector(s) for this collection, namely those who select in: philosophy, psychology, linguistics, and computer science. The policy will be updated as needed. Faculty and students are encouraged to provide recommendations for library materials.

General Purpose of the Collection

The Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences collection primarily supports the undergraduate curriculum for the Cognitive and Linguistic Science major.  The collection supports student research in specific areas of interest.  The Collection serves as both a reference and basic research resource for students and faculty. The Collection is relatively strong in psychology texts on: cognition, linguistics, memory, perception, personality, and ability and cognition in children. It is also relatively strong in philosophy of mind and causation. Collecting in artificial intelligence is selective. Current collecting interests reflect curricular offerings which emphasize: language development, structure, and acquisition; brain and behavior, developmental and evolutionary psychology, memory, cognition; logic, scientific reasoning, speech acts; machine languages, bioinformatics, and visual processing. Particular emphases of this interdepartmental major reflect faculty strengths and include: decision-making, language processing, memory, perception, speech production and speech act theory, the nature of rationality, and language universals.

LC # areas - Subject Headings/Areas 
B - Agent/act (philosophy), causation; Naturalization, phenomenology 
BC - Belief & doubt, conditionals, aesthetics 
BD - Philosophy of mind, mind and body 
BF - Cognition, perception, consciousness, personality, theory of knowledge, mental representation, attitude, social perception, psychological tests, memory, human information processing, problem solving, ability/cognition/aggressiveness in children 
BJ - Ethics and psychology 
GN - Cognition and culture, navigation 
LB - Learning, psychology of 
P - Philology, linguistics 
Q - Artificial intelligence

    Description of the Collection

    Types of Materials: Materials are purchased in all formats, with emphasis on the journal literature. Electronic access is the preferred format for journal literature.  Conference proceedings, laboratory manuals and protocols are selectively acquired when their topics support curricular offerings.  Single copies of textbooks are purchased selectively when their content provides a foundation of knowledge in a new or advanced area of science or when a text is so important to a field that its use and acceptance go beyond supporting introductory curriculum.  Materials created for individual use such as lab notebooks, workbooks and problem/answer sets are not purchased for the collection.

    Readership Level: Material is collected at the college level, with emphasis on upper undergraduate/early graduate works. Entry level materials are acquired selectively to support courses fulfilling distribution requirements, as are popular materials to encourage reading about the sciences across the disciplines.

    Languages Collected: The primary language of the collection is English. Some works on linguistics are available in French and were purchased by the French selector.

    Geographical Areas Covered (intellectual content or publication source): Most materials are published in and purchased from the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. Intellectual content tends to be international in focus.

    Chronological Periods Covered (intellectual content): Intellectual content of the collection is strongest in later twentieth and twenty-first century works.

    Chronological Period Covered (publication dates): Current materials are the focus of almost all purchasing, but a retrospective collection is maintained particularly as it supports current course offerings and student research.

    Shelving Locations: Books and journals are housed at the Science Library with the exception of most pre-1985 journal literature, which are housed at an off-site facility and are retrievable by request.  Some materials related to linguistics and philosophy are housed in the Clapp Library.  Online access to collections is provided through the Library website.

    Reference: Reference material for the cognitive and linguistic sciences is purchased by the Science Librarian for Research and Instruction, and follows the general subject parameters of the cognitive and linguistic sciences collections policy. The scope includes, but is not limited to, the following types of material: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and electronic search aids which support curricular programs.  Electronic access is the preferred format for reference works.

    Related Subjects & Interdisciplinary Relationships

    Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences materials are purchased to support the curriculum, but are used by a variety of disciplines. Following are a few useful distinctions which may assist in the delineation of collecting responsibilities shared by a variety of collection managers.

    Women's Studies: The Cognitive Sciences selector may purchase materials and studies concerned with gender differences in language use, learning, and in the cognitive development of women.

    Philosophy: The Cognitive Sciences selector may collaborate with the Philosophy selector to purchase materials on the philosophy of mind, logic, speech act theory, nature of rationality, and related materials on the philosophy of language and science.

    Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Computer Science): The Cognitive Sciences selector may collaborate with science selectors to acquire books in brain behavior, bioinformatics, scientific reasoning, machine languages, visual processing, and artificial intelligence to support the needs of the Cognitive Science curriculum.

    Anthropology: The Cognitive Sciences selector, in collaboration with the Anthropology selector, may acquire materials on cognition and culture.

    Linguistics: The Cognitive and Linguistics Sciences selector is responsible for the acquisition of all materials in the area of speech acts, language processing, language development, structure, and acquisition, speech production, speech act theory, and language universals. Other selectors for foreign languages may be consulted when foreign language materials are being acquired.

    French: The Cognitive Sciences Selector mostly acquires materials in English to support the Linguistics curriculum. Linguistics materials acquired in French are selected by the French selector.

    Education: The Cognitive Sciences selector will collaborate with the Education selector to acquire materials on the psychology of learning.

    Economics: The Cognitive Sciences selector will collaborate with the Economics selector to acquire materials in Game Theory and Behavioral Economics.

    Psychology: The Cognitive Sciences selector will collaborate closely with the Psychology selector to acquire materials in cognition, perception, personality, cognition in children, brain and behavior, developmental and evolutionary psychology, memory, decision-making, and evolutionary psychology.