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Subject Policy Statement - CHEMISTRY


A. Purpose and Program Description

The Libraries seek to support research and teaching in the Chemistry Department. The Collection supports the needs of the educational educational programmes both at the undergraduate and the postgraduate levels leading to the BSc, research-based MPhil and PhD degrees, and the MSc (Materials Science) degree by course work. In addition to the Broadening courses, the existing academic programmes have been restructured into two main streams, Chemistry and Chemistry with management.

Research Focus
Research in the Chemistry Department includes various fields of study related to: analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry/ chemical physics, medicinal chemistry, synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry, photochemistry and organic synthesis. Recent research areas also focus on Green chemistry and Nanotechnology.

Multi-disciplinary treatment of subjects
They are usually courses that are concerned with impact on medicine, development and reproduction, drug development, proteomics, biochemistry and nanotechnology.

User Groups
Primary users are faculty members, undergraduates and postgraduates major in the subject. It also serves users from other Departments who have worked in collaboration and/or have study interests related to the subject e.g. Biochemistry, Zoology, Computer Sciences and Medical Engineering.


B. General Selection Guidelines (See Classed Analysis)

Overall, the Libraries' existing collection and acquisitions commitment, based upon available resources, and its collection goal for the subject areas are at the research level.


C. Specific Delimitations

  1. Formats collected: Extensive variety of formats are collected. We collect monographs, annuals, reference tools, scholarly series, periodicals, CD-ROMs and other electronic tools, and videocassettes extensively ; textbooks and dissertations (other than HKU dissertations), selectively.
  2. Imprint Dates Collected: We collect current publications extensively, and earlier materials selectively.
  3. Chronological Focus: Contemporary. No limit to coverage in terms of intellectual content but emphasis is on collecting most recent materials.
  4. Languages Collected: We collect English language >materials extensively and non-English language materials selectively, with translations into English are preferred.
  5. Place of Publication: We collect extensively materials from North American, European and United Kingdom and other materials selectively.