Collection Policies

General Collection Guidelines
Collecting Codes

To support faculty research and instruction leading to both the undergraduate degree emphasis in ESL and various subfields of "general linguistics" (e.g., syntax, semantics, phonetics and phonology, morphology, etc), the certificate program in TESOL, and the Master's degree in Applied Linguistics. Current emphases of the MA program are: TESOL; language variation (dialect studies); and, computational linguistics. In addition to the obvious overlap of interest in language and literature from other areas of the English Department and the Foreign Languages departments, there is also interest in various subfields of linguistics among members of other departments (e.g., Speech Communications, Psychology, Sociology, Computer Science, Engineering).


Language: English will be the primary language of the collection. However, because important research has been published in other languages, non-English materials will be selectively collected, particularly those needed for individual courses.

Chronological Guidelines: Current research should be emphasized, but gaps in historical studies should be filled in.

Geographical Guidelines: Greatest emphasis should be on American linguistics and the English language. Studies of the languages of all parts of the world should be collected selectively.

Treatment of Subject: Applied research should be emphasized. Theoretical and historical studies and works on methodology will also be widely acquired, as will undergraduate-level and upper division books in general linguistics. Biographies of linguists should be selectively acquired.

Self-teaching books, textbooks and readers on particular languages will also be selectively acquired. New editions of English language grammars and dictionaries should be collected. A representative collection of desk-sized or concise English language dictionaries should be available in the general collection as well as a few to accompany the major unabridged dictionaries in the reference collection. Non-English languages will be represented in the reference collection; new editions will be selectively acquired.

Type of Material: Dictionaries, linguistic atlases, and bibliographies are broadly acquired, as are the publications of such specialized organizations as learned societies and governmental agencies. Refereed conference proceedings (e.g., Southeastern Conference on Linguistics) are selectively acquired. Microforms will be collected in the case of materials not highly used or if cost is a factor for larger collections. CD-ROM dictionaries and other electronic reference sources (including Internet subscriptions) will be acquired selectively. Other electronic resources are increasingly available via the Internet and will be included on the "Selected Linguistics Resources on the Internet" page on ODU Library's Web site ( netguides/linguistics.html).

A good collection of scholarly journals to cover all aspects of linguistics is desired for graduate and faculty research. Periodical indexes and abstracts, both print and electronic (we subscribe to Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts in print and MLA Bibliography electronically) and serial bibliographies are necessary. Linguistics is a subject subdivision in the ERIC collection of technical reports on microfiche, a file obtained by the library on a continuing subscription basis and housed in the Microforms Section. The ERIC index to this file is available via the Internet.

Date of Publication: Emphasis is on the acquisition of current publications. 1955 is a crucial cut-off year for the study of modern linguistics. Pre-1955 publication dates should be acquired selectively.

Other General Considerations: