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Research, Study and Learning at UE Libraries.

Glossary of Library Terms

ABRIDGED
A shortened version of a book, document, etc.
ABSTRACT
An objective summary of an article, book, or other written publication.
ACE
The web version of the computerized card catalog, introduced in Summer 2000.
ACRONYM
A word formed from the initial letters of a series of words. (e.g., IEEE is an acronym for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).
ALMANAC
An annual publication containing useful facts and statistical data.
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
A bibliography in which each citation is followed by an annotation containing a brief descriptive and/or evaluative summary, synopsis, or abstract.
ANNOTATION
A brief, critical or evaluative summary of the content of an article accompanied by a bibliographic citation.
ANNUAL
A yearly publication.
ANTHOLOGY
A collection of published works (poems, plays, essays, etc.) by one or more authors.
ATLAS
A book of maps.
AUDIO VISUAL MATERIALS
Library materials in non-print form, such as audio cassettes, video cassettes, compact discs, filmstrips, and phonograph records.
BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
The information which identifies a book or article. It may include the author, title of the article, title of the periodical, volume, pages, and date.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
A listing of bibliographic citations to books, articles, and other materials that are related to a topic; usually found at the end of the book or article.
BOOK REVIEW
An evaluation of a book, usually published in a periodical or newspaper.
BOOLEAN LOGIC
Use of operators AND, OR, NOT to combine search terms (see KEYWORDS/KEYWORD SEARCHING) .
BOUND PERIODICAL
Issues of a periodical grouped by year and collected together in hardcover to preserve for long-term use. Bound periodicals are located with the books in the library. (See PERIODICALS).
CALL NUMBER
Letters and numbers arranged in combination and assigned to a book to indicate its location in the library. Systems organized by subject include: Dewey Decimal; Superintendent of Documents and Library of Congress. UE uses the Library of Congress System.
CD-ROM
(Compact Disc Read-Only-Memory). Storage of information on a compact disc. CD products include periodical indexes, images of newspapers, magazines and census statistics.
CIRCULATING MATERIALS
Any library materials which can be checked out of the library. (Some materials do not circulate; i.e., periodicals and reference materials).
CITATION
(See BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION).
CURRENT PERIODICAL(S)
Recent, unbound journals or magazines that are located in a special area marked "Current Periodicals". (See PERIODICALS, BOUND PERIODICAL).
DISSERTATION
Publication reporting original research that is a requirement for a Ph.D. degree.
DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM
Most school and public libraries use this system. Call numbers begin with numbers. (See CALL NUMBER).
HOLD
A HOLD guarantees that when a book is returned to the Circulation desk it will be kept for you. A request can be made electronically from ACE.
ILL
INTER-LIBRARY LOAN is the department responsible for obtaining materials not available at UE.
INDEX
A reference tool used to identify citations to library materials. There are indexes to help you identify periodical articles, newspaper articles and books. Indexes may be in print or electronic format.
INTERNET
An electronic network providing access to millions of resources worldwide. University Libraries provide access to many periodical indexes through the Internet. Internet access is available on all floors of the Libraries.
JOURNAL
(See PERIODICALS).
KEYWORDS/KEYWORD SEARCHING
The most significant words in a topic, book or article title, etc. Keywords are used as terms when searching databases.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS SUBJECT HEADINGS (LCSH)
Terms used by the Library of Congress to describe and classify areas of knowledge, listed in a four volume set of books located near the public service Help desks.
LOAN PERIOD
The length of time allowed for the use of an item checked out of the library.
MAGAZINE
(See PERIODICALS).
MEDIA
(See AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIAL).
MICROFORM
Printed items which have been reduced in size by photographic methods. The types are: FICHE, FILM & CARD and are located on the 1st floor of Bower-Suhrheinrich Library.
MONOGRAPH
A book.
NETWORK
Connection between two or more computers which allows them to share the same software and information.
NON-CIRCULATING MATERIALS
Items that must be used in the library, i.e., reference books, periodicals and some reserve materials.
ONLINE CATALOG
(See ACE).
ONLINE DATABASE
A computerized file, often of periodical indexes.
OVERDUE MATERIALS
Items not returned to the library by the due date.
OVERSIZE
A book too large to fit in its normal shelf space and therefore placed in a designated area marked "OVERSIZE".
PERIODICAL INDEX
(See INDEX).
PERIODICALS
Publications issued at regular intervals of less than a year.

A SCHOLARLY JOURNAL usually contains articles on research and development, news, proceedings, or transactions in a particular field.

A MAGAZINE contains news stories or articles on various subjects and written for a general audience.

A TRADE JOURNAL is published for particular business/industry. Typically includes a great deal of advertising. Often the subscription is free. Subscriptions to association journals are usually included in the price of the association membership.

RECALL
The request that a book already checked out be returned to the library prior to its due date.
REFERENCE COLLECTION
Non-circulating current or heavily used books containing key sources of information. Many are shelved in the reference areas on the first floor of Bower-Suhrheinrich Library.
RENEW
To extend the due date for a book.
RESERVE MATERIALS
A selection of specific books, periodical articles, and other materials which faculty require students to read for a particular course. These materials are set aside for short term use in the library and are available at the Reserve desk.
SCHOLARLY JOURNAL
(See PERIODICALS).
SERIAL
(See PERIODICALS).
STACKS
Book shelves containing the principal book collection of the library. These are open for browsing.
SUBJECT HEADINGS
Terms used to describe and classify areas of knowledge. ACE uses Library of Congress subject headings. (See ACE).
THESIS/THESES
Publication(s) reporting original research that are a requirement for a Masters Degree.
TRADE JOURNAL
(See PERIODICALS)
UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE LIBRARIES HOME PAGE
The University of Evansville Libraries maintain a Home Page on the World Wide Web. The Internet address (URL) is: http://www.evansville.edu/libraries/index.cfm. From this page students and faculty may log on to ACE to find a book or journal, locate information about the Libraries, request items through Interlibrary Loan (ILL), and search the World Wide Web.
WWW
An acronym which stands for "World Wide Web".