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Collection Policy: Scope of Law: U.S. Law By Subject

Current material is purchased in the following subjects at the levels indicated. Special consideration in collecting retrospectively is given to the AALS recommended titles.

Explanations of Collecting Levels:

In the following discussions of scope of coverage by subject and jurisdiction, the collection intensity levels used here are adapted from the RLG Conspectus and have been refined for the Boston University Law Library collections:

0. Out of Scope:

The library does not collect in this area.

1. Minimal level:

A subject area in which few selections are made beyond selected important works.

2. Basic Information Level:

A collection of current general materials that serve to introduce and define a subject and to indicate the varieties of information available elsewhere. In addition to important works, it may include selected treatises and a few major periodicals. A basic information collection is not sufficiently intensive to support any law school courses or independent study in the subject area involved.

3. Instructional Support Level:

A collection that is adequate to support most graduate instruction, or sustained independent study; that is, adequate to maintain knowledge of a subject required for limited or generalized purposes, of less than research intensity. It includes a wide range of basic monographs, complete collections of the works of more important writers, selections from the works of secondary writers, a selection of representative journals, reference tools and fundamental bibliographical sources pertaining to the subject, and access to appropriate non-bibliographic databases. It includes as many multi-jurisdictional treatises on a subject as possible, selected student texts, looseleaf services of unduplicated coverage, and a wide selection of periodicals.

 4. Research Level:

A collection that supports journal students, seminar students, and most faculty research needs. It includes most multi-jurisdictional treatises, a wide selection of specialized monographs, representative looseleaf services and practitioner titles, an extensive collection of journals and major indexing and abstracting services, all important reference works, and a range of specialized databases. Older material is retained for historical research.