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Research Guides

About This Guide


These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased for the marine sciences collections of the UW Libraries (Seattle Campus).  For questions or more information, please contact the Marine & Environmental Sciences Librarian.

UW Libraries: Collection Goals

The UW Libraries is committed to providing convenient and timely access to collections and information resources that are outstanding with respect to their quality, depth, diversity, format and currency to support the research and teaching missions of the University of Washington.

Subject Definition

The School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) at the University of Washington educates students about contemporary issues in marine systems, policy, and management, helping them to become tomorrow’s leaders and stewards of marine and environmental resources. Areas of focus include clean water, biodiveristy, and pristine biological resources.

Subject Classification

Library of Congress Classification (LC):

  • Local history is represented in the F schedule.
  • Floodplains, river channels, valleys,and watersheds are found in the GB 561-568 schedule.
  • Oceanology and oceanography are covered in the GC schedule.
  • Economic history and conditions is represented in the HC schedule.
  • International law is found in the JX schedule.
  • Law of the US is represented in the KF schedule.
  • Fisheries is covered in the SH schedule.
  • Environmental technology is found in the TD schedule.
  • Navigation is covered in the VK schedule.

Dewey Decimal Classification (Dewey materials are all located in remote storage):

  • Economics is found at 330-339.
  • Law is classified under 340-349. 
  • Oceanography is represented in 551.
  • Related materials in engineering and transportation are found at 620-629.
  • Fisheries are found at 639.
  • Recreation (aquatic sports) is represented at 797.