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Computer Science Collection Development Policy


General Department Information


The goal of the Kent State University Computer Science Department is to provide students with the practical skills and fundamental knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the computer sciences.  Students are taught to adapt with the changing technology of their profession and are prepared for direct employment either within the industry, the government or higher education.  Students who chose to pursue computer science at the advanced level are taught to research independently for private, industrial, government, or research institutions.


Departmental Areas of Concentration

  • Advanced Topics in Algorithms
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Compiler Design
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Communications Networks
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Languages
  • Computer Literacy
  • Computer Programming
  • Data Structures
  • Database Systems Design
  • Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Finite Mathematics
  • Internet Engineering
  • Numerical Computing
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Operating Systems
  • Principles of VLSI Design
  • Programming Languages
  • Social and Ethical Issues in Computing
  • Software Engineering
  • Speed Programming Techniques
  • Structure of Compilers
  • Systems Administration
  • Systems Programming
  • Theory of Automata
  • Theory of Computation
  • Theory of Object-Oriented Programming
  • Web Design and Programming


Degrees Offered

  • B.S. in Computer Science
  • M.A. in Computer Science
  • M.S. in Computer Science
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science


Department's Home Web Page

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Scope of Coverage

 The following subject areas are collected at the research level

  • Computational Science
  • Distributed and Parallel Processing
  • Distributed Scientific Computing and Visualization
  • Graphics
  • Hardware/Software Co-design
  • Networking and Internetworking Research
  • Net-centric Systems
  • Operating Systems
  • Visualization


The following subject areas are collected at the advanced instructional level

  • Bioinformatics
  • Database and Data Mining
  • Geometric and Graphic Algorithms
  • Image Processing
  • Software Engineering


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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 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).


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

Purchased upon request from departmental faculty.


Theses and Dissertations

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


Microform Reproductions

Acquired as a last resort.



Current list of Kent State University Computer Science Department subscriptions 


Government Documents

Government Documents are collected to support research in the Department of Computer Science.  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 Computer Sciences.  Some agencies that provide this material are:

  • Department of Commerce - Bureau of the Census
  • Government Printing Office
  • National Science Foundation
  • Office of Scientific and Technical Information - Department of Energy


Online Services and Electronic Resources

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


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Interdisciplinary Relations

There is a strong interrelationship of library materials between the Department of Computer Science and the following departments:

  • Communication Studies
  • Journalism and Mass Communication


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