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A Guide to Economics Resources


Collection Development Policy

Washington University in St. Louis

Collection Development Policy

Library: Olin

Subject: Economics 

Collection: General

Date Revised: April 10, 2014

Subject Librarian: Audrey McQuillan


1. General purpose:

  • Support for research and teaching in the Economics Department.
  • Overview:
    • Number of Faculty: 27
    • Number of Grad Students: 78
    • Areas of Research:
      • Development Economics
      • Econometrics
      • Economic Theory
      • Labor Economics
      • Macroeconomics
      • Microeconomics

2. Subjects excluded:



3. Overlap with other collections or subjects:

  • African Studies
  • American Cultural Studies
  • Business
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Government Documents
  • History
  • International Area Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • South Asian Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality


4. Languages included and excluded:

The profile for Africa: Economic Theory. Demography excludes non-English languages and English translations. However, if a faculty member requests such items specifically, they will be considered

5. Geographical limitations:


6. Chronological limits:


7. Retrospective Acquisition:

Older materials are not actively acquired, but considered upon faculty or graduate student request

8. Types of material collected and excluded:

  • Excluded:
    • K-12 textbooks
    • Test Preparation Guides,
    • Reprints when we own the original
    • Dissertations from other universities (acquired for individuals but not necessarily added to the collection)
    • Newsletters
    • Some graduate/advanced level textbooks are purchased. All faculty and student requests are considered.


9. Other factors to consider:

  • Monographs:
    • We buy on request from WUSTL community
  • eBook format purchased over paper, if available; DRM-free preferred
    • In general, eBooks are not duplicated in paper
  • Journals and standing orders: New subscriptions occur when online-only when available with post-cancellation access guarantees and preservation mechanisms. Selection is based on faculty research needs.



10. Subjects and Collecting Levels:

Nothing on approval ships automatically, only if users select it through the Purchase On Request program (POR)

  • HB 1-3840 Economic Theory. Demography
  • HC 1-1085 Economic History and Conditions
  • HD 1-9999 Industries, Land Use, Labor
  • HF 1-6182 Commerce