Purpose: To support teaching and research through the Ph.D. level in Sociology. Undergraduate areas of specialization include: general sociology, social research and data analysis, law and social control, society environment and technology, personnel and human relations, business and the economy, the family as an institution, and social welfare. Graduate areas of specialization include: Communities, Criminology and Deviance, Environmental Sociology, Gender, Organizational Sociology, Social Psychology, Social Stratification, Sociology of the Family, and Methods and Statistics.
Sociology is an interdisciplinary field and its literature is also of interest to students and researchers in the fields of anthropology, communications, economics, education, environmental science, human development, law, medicine, political science, religion, psychology, and women’s studies.General Collection Guidelines:
- Languages: English is the primary language of collection. Works written in other languages are ordinarily purchased only in English translation. The original texts of the writing of major sociologists are acquired no matter what the language.
- Chronological Guidelines: Primary emphasis is on acquiring materials in the 21st century, especially those which are most current. There is selective acquisition of historical materials.
- Geographical Guidelines: Primary focus of interest is on materials from the United States, Great Britain, and Western Europe. There may be selective acquisition of materials in other geographical areas.
- Treatment of the Subject: Popular-level materials and upper-division textbooks may be selectively acquired. Lower-division textbooks, biographies of sociologists, and case studies are selectively collected.
- Types of Material: Most materials acquired are in the form of reference works, bibliographic databases, media, monographs and periodicals. Materials may be in print or electronic format. Proceedings of symposia and international congresses, and annual reports of private or quasi-public agencies, including foundations, are purchased selectively. Statistical materials of all types are obtained in quantity, as well as relevant government documents at the national, state, and international level.
- Date of Publication: Emphasis is on materials published since 2000. Retrospective purchasing is very selective and may involve digital editions, microform, reprints, or photocopies instead of the original format.
- Other General Considerations: Additional resources on the WSU campus include the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center, which provides assistance with statistical analysis and access to federal census data tapes. ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) data files can be downloaded directly by any WSU student, faculty or staff. The Libraries' membership in the Orbis Cascade Alliance allows WSU students, faculty and staff to borrow books from 35 other academic libraries through the Summit WorldCat online catalog; the broader WorldCat system allows easy discovery and interlibrary loan of items not available through WSU or Summit. In addition, the University's reciprocal agreement with the University of Idaho enables faculty, staff and students to make use of their Law Library and their main library.