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Biomedical Sciences Collection Development Guidelines


General Department Information


The goal of the Kent State University School of Biomedical Sciences is to provide students with the practical skills and fundamental knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences.  Students are prepared for direct employment either within the industry, the government or higher education.  Students who choose to pursue the Biomedical Sciences at the advanced level are taught to research independently for private, industrial, government, or research institutions.


Departmental Areas of Concentration

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology


Degrees Offered

  • M.D. in Biomedical Sciences
  • M.S. in Biological Anthropology
  • M.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • M.S. in Neuroscience
  • M.S. in Pharmacology
  • M.S. in Physiology


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Scope of Coverage

 The following subject areas are collected at the research level

  • Anatomy and Morphology of the Nervous System
  • Basic Human Anatomy
  • Biological Demography
  • Cell and Tissue Culture
  • Cell and Tissue Ultrastructure
  • Cell Imaging
  • Circadian Rhythms
  • Dental Anthropology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Elecrophysiology
  • Enzymology with an Emphasis on Protein Dynamics and Folding as well as Cytochrome P-450's 
  • Genetics
  • Genetics and Metabolism of Microorganisms
  • Human and Primate Gross Anatomy and Osteology
  • Human and Primate Paleontology
  • Mammalian Physiology and Paleontology
  • Membrane Structure and Function
  • Microscopy
  • Molecular Aspects of Neurobiology and Endocrinology
  • Neurochemistry
  • Neurotransmitter Metabolosm
  • Palaeodemography and Forensics
  • Pharmacological Effects of Drugs and Other Exogenus Agents on All Physiological Systems and Functions
  • Protein Chemistry and Structure
  • Psycobiology
  • Radioiodination and Radioimmunoassay
  • Skeletal Biomechanics
  • Speech Motor Control
  • Tumor viruses
  • Virology and Immunology


The following subject areas are collected at the advanced instructional level

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • KSU/Cleveland Clinic Doctorate
  • Neurosciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

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    Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coverage Areas



    Prefer English materials and English translations.

     Date of Publication

    1960 to present (emphasizing current publications).

     Geographical Guidelines

    Worldwide (emphasizing material from international conferences).

     Society or Publisher Emphasis

    Emphasis on publications by the Endocrine Society (Baltimore).

     Multiple Copies

    Proportionate to demand.


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    Material Types

    Recent Acquisitions:




    Research Level works are collected to reflect the above mentioned subject areas. Selective acquisition of dissertations, handbooks, technical reports, popular materials and textbooks


    Audio Visual Material

    Acquired per department request.


    Theses and Dissertations

    Selective acquisition of theses and dissertations reflect the department curricula and encompass student and faculty research needs.


    Microform Reproductions

    Acquired as a last resort.



    A list of current subscriptions: 


    Government Documents

    Government Documents are collected to support research in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.  Federal documents and publications in this area are particularly strong proceeding 1962.  Earlier documents were secured either through gifts or purchases.  A majority of these documents are cataloged and can be accessed at Kentlink.


     Methods of Acquisition

    Most government documents are secured, free of charge, through the federal or state government.  Materials are collected to reflect the program's curriculum and research needs.  Other documents requested by the department may be purchased by an allotment of the monographic funds.


    Federal Government Publications and Information

    Various documents at the federal level are published and distributed to support research in the Biomedical Sciences.  Some agencies that provide this material are:

    • National Library of Medicine
    • U.S. Department of Education
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • National Institutes of Health
    • U.S. Geological Society
    • U.S. Government Printing Office


    State Publications

    Agencies that publish biomedical documents at the state level are the Ohio Departments of Education and Health.


    Online Services and Electronic Resources

    Electronic services and resources are made available through the University Libraries website at:

    Biomedical Sciences Databases


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    Interdisciplinary Relations

    There is a strong interrelationship of library materials between the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the following departments:

    •  Anatomy (NEOUCOM, NE Ohio Universities College of Medicine)
    • Biology (KSU)
    • Chemistry (KSU)
    • Computer Science (KSU)
    • Neurobiology (NEOUCOM, NE Ohio Universities College of Medicine)
    • Pharmacology (NEOUCOM, NE Ohio Universities College of Medicine)
    • Physiology (NEOUCOM, NE Ohio Universities College of Medicine)
    • Psychology (KSU)
    • Speech Pathology and Audiology (KSU)
    • School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport (KSU)

     In addition, a doctoral training program is hosted through the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.


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