Library Collections

General Purpose

The Ford Library supports the research, teaching and curricular needs of faculty and graduate students in all programs at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, as well as faculty and students in interdisciplinary areas at Duke that are related to the business discipline.

General Subject Boundaries

Ford Library collections cover the spectrum of business disciplines, including accounting, corporate strategy, economics, entrepreneurship, decision sciences, finance, health sector management, global business management, marketing, organizational behavior, and operations management. Recent acquisitions also focus on key business issues in the curriculum, such as leadership, ethics, global business management, sustainable enterprise and the social responsibility of business.

Types of Materials Collected

Academic journals and periodicals and journals

The collection consists of top tier academic journals, magazines of interest to business professionals and titles that assist graduate students in their professional job search. Subscriptions that support the educational and research mission of the Fuqua School are priority. The number of students or faculty who benefit from a certain title is also a factor in the selection process.

Other libraries at Duke University also collect journals, and the Ford Library’s journal collection is shaped to avoid duplication of campus resources. Another factor in collection decisions are the agreements with other academic libraries in the local consortium, the Triangle Research Library Network, TRLN.

The journal collection is re-evaluated frequently following the principles of dynamic stochastic programming as journal publishers continue to revise their business models. Data on journal use is routinely collected in-house and from journal vendors. Data about journal costs is also collected and each journal is evaluated on a cost per use basis, which informs library decisions about renewal or cancelation. Journals that are not in the top tier and have a cost per use calculation that is significantly greater than the cost of purchasing individual articles are no longer eligible for renewal.

Electronic subscriptions are preferred over print when access, cost and licensing issues are resolved. For journals in the top tier, the library subscribes to both electronic and print copies for archival purposes, assuming the additional cost of the print copy is 20% or less than the cost of the electronic. If the cost of the print copy is more than 20% of the cost of the electronic, the library subscribes to the electronic format only.

For journals outside of the top tier, the library subscribes to electronic format only.

The Ford Library values transparency with Fuqua faculty in decision making about journals. Suggestions for improving the collection are always welcome. Faculty members are invited to send their comments to the Faculty Dean or to the Ford Library Director.

The Dorothea F. Peterjohn Leadership Collection

The Dorothea F. Peterjohn Leadership Collection is a "virtual collection" maintained in the Ford Library as part of the Dorothea F. Peterjohn Leadership Library.

The Peterjohn Leadership Library, as part of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics, serves as a leading resource for information on leadership and ethics for academics, practitioners and students.

- Books

Browse books in the Peterjohn Collection in the Library catalog. To request a book for check out, click the small "truck" icon beside the book title. Step by step book request instructions are here.

You can also read our reviews of selected book titles in the Collection.

- Journal Articles

Browse recent full-text articles focused on leadership and ethics from the Business Source Complete database.

- E-Journals

View lists of online journals devoted to leadership and ethics. These links display Duke-subscribed e-journals on leadership and ethics concentrated in the business, economy, and management disciplines.