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Education Materials in Polk Library

Education Materials in the "Main Collection"

The "Main Collection" refers to the bulk of Polk Library's holdings. It is, essentially, everything other than such specialized in-house collections as the Archives, Browsing Collection, Government Documents and the Education Materials Center. With respect to the study of education, the Main Collection includes books about the history, psychology, philosophy, theory and practice of education. Many other topics related to the study of education are also found in the Main Collection .

Of books published since 1999, Polk Library has 3,763 books in the L Class (Education):

  • L-LA (History of Education): 177
  • LB (Theory and Practice of Education): 2,549
  • LC (Special Aspects of Education): 996
  • LD-LT (Individual Institutions, Etc.): 41


Approval Books

Polk Library also receives education books through its "approval plan" with its primary vendor. The approval plan allows the library to establish a profile of subjects, reader levels, publishers, etc. Books matching this profile are automatically sent to the library. The books that are received are reviewed by librarians and education faculty, and a determination is made whether to keep or return the books. Approval books are paid by a separate fund, not departmental allocations.

Here is a breakdown of the number of "approval plan" education books that were added to the collection:

  • FY08: 101
  • FY07: 203
  • FY06: 258
  • FY05: 247


Education Journals

The library's collection of education journals consists of both print and electronic journals. Peer-reviewed journals comprise a significant portion of our holdings. Please see the attached lists of these print and electronic journal titles. The library subscribes to 147 education journals and has access to over 600 electronically available education journals.

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