Have you ever visited the library and afterwards been left wondering what staff were talking about? We always try to use plain language but often you will find words and terms from the subjects of publishing and librarianship being used. Here are some of those “library” words you might hear-
Abstract – a summary covering essential points in an article or book.
Article – a paper published in a periodical or journal. You can find more information on how to find articles here.
Bibliography – a list of books, articles and other materials usually found at the end of a book or article. It shows what sources were used by an author when writing their book or article.
College Librarian – library staff who can help you find out about the resources available for your subject and how to use them effectively. Find the College Librarian for your subject here.
Database – an electronic resource usually giving references to articles, books and other sources of information in a specific subject area. You can check what is available for your subject here.
e-Book – an electronic or online version of a printed book.
High Demand Collection – books kept here can only be checked-out for 4 or 24 hour loan.
Journal – a publication issued at regular intervals, usually with volume numbers and dates; can also be called periodical, magazine or serial.
Recall – an email message from the library telling you that an item you have checked-out is needed by another reader and giving you a new return date for the item.
Shelf-mark – a combination of a subject, letters and numbers indicating the shelf location of an item in the library. eg: Education D32 2013-H2. There is more information on finding books here.
We hope this short list of some of the most frequently used terms is helpful. You will find that you will come across more as you use the library, so please remember to ask a member of staff, or leave a message in the comments field, if you have any questions at all. We are always happy to help.