The collection’s primary function is to support research and teaching in the sciences, broadly speaking, and includes biographies, science encyclopedias, dictionaries and directories, histories of large scientific organizations or academies, publications of large scientific organizations, notable comprehensive works, and expedition material of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Current collecting efforts focus on books on becoming a scientist, succeeding as a scientist, science research methods, proposal writing, scientific data management, women or minorities in science, and science education.
Departments/disciplines/programs/subject areas supported
General Science collecting supports all science departments.
An effort is made to maintain past strengths as well as topics of current interest such as minorities in science and science communication. Philosophy of science and other social science or humanistic aspects of science are not collected at Marx Science and Social Science Library, but may be collected by other Yale libraries.
Formats and materials acquired generally
Current collecting includes both print and electronic.
- Journals, online preferred
- Reference materials
Formats and materials collected selectively or by request
Formats and materials not collected
- Instructor’s materials
- Juvenile works
- Software manuals unrelated to specialized scientific software or applications
Materials collected are in English.
Chronological and geographical focus
Historical materials as well as current are of interest.
Some selection is made for international coverage.
Collaborations within Yale
Sterling Memorial Library and the Medical Historical Library, for historical or biographical titles.