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Collection Management Guidelines: Databases

Martin and Gail Press Health Professions Division Library Collection Management Guidelines & Best Practices


Currently, HPD students, faculty and staff have access to 561 databases, with 196 focused on health and medicine.


Materials will be acquired upon request by students, faculty, administration, or the librarians.

When possible, librarians, faculty, and sometimes students, will review the recommended products via trials prior to purchasing/subscribing. User feedback is a major factor when making decisions to subscribe to or purchase databases.

Approved purchases or subscriptions will be ordered from properly established vendors, dealers, or publishers.

Consideration will be given to the databases uniqueness, functionality, patron access, licensing requirements, and cost of simultaneous users. 

Site license and remote access availability is preferred.