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Computer Science Collection

Barbara Mento
Computer Science Bibliographer

Collection  Overview
The aim is to build a collection that meets the needs and requirements of research and teaching faculty in the Computer Science Department.

Current research in the Computer Science Department revolves around bioinformatics, computer vision, computer networks, databases, machine learning, programming languages and theoretical computer science.
Digital library packages of journals and conference proceedings constitute the bulk of our current collections strength. More and more of our journals are being made available electronically to our users.

Resource sharing in the form of membership in regional and national organizations like the Boston Library Consortium will increasingly play a significant role in collection development. As access to resources and document delivery become easier and faster due to advances in technology, we will depend more and more on Interlibrary Loan, facsimile transmission, purchase of articles, electronic and on-demand publication and retrieval. Reference sources continue to be acquired for the Boston College Libraries as valuable research tools. | Selected resources ยป

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Interdisciplinary Elements
Collection development for computer science involves coordination with other disciplines particularly Biology, Management and Mathematics and Physics.

Formats and Types of Materials
Research journals and serials constitute the bulk of the collection.  Advanced level monographs and some textbooks are also collected.  Conference proceedings, technical reports, and dissertations are acquired as needed.  Many of the major journal subscriptions are available in electronic format.

English is the language of choice.

Geographic Area Coverage
The major focus is on North American and West European materials. However, there is no geographic limitation on collection development.

Time Periods
Current developments in computer  sciences  and bioinformatics are emphasized.

Dates of  Publication
Recent publications are collected. Older titles are acquired on demand.