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A Glossary to help in understanding library lingo:
A brief, objective summary of the essential content of a book, article, speech, report, dissertation, or other work that presents the main points in the same order as the original but has no independent literary value. An abstract can be indicative, informative, critical, or written from a particular point of view.
A brief note, usually no longer than two or three sentences, added after a citation in a bibliography to describe or explain the content or message of the work cited or to comment on it. In a more general sense, any brief explanatory or descriptive comment added to a document, text, catalog entry, etc. In a critical annotation, the commentary is evaluative.
Issued once a year, every year, as in an annual report or annual review or a serial publication in any format, issued once a year.
A guide for typing research papers in the social sciences, developed by the American Psychological Association, which includes the proper format for typing notes and bibliographic citations. APA style is described fully in the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, available in the reference section of most academic libraries.
A selfcontained nonfiction composition on a fairly narrow topic or subject, written by one or more authors and published under a separate title in a collection or periodical. The length of a periodical article is often an indication of the type of publication, magazine articles are usually less than five pages long; articles published in scholarly journals, longer than five pages. Periodical articles are indexed, usually by author and subject, in periodical indexes and abstracting services, known as bibliographic databases when available electronically.
Information, which identifies a book or article. It may include the author, title of the article, title of the periodical, volume, pages, and date.
Presentation by a librarian on library research and resources. Usually requested by a faculty member in support of a class assignment or project.
List of sources on a specific topic or compiled by an author to acknowledge what he/she used in writing a book or article.
An evaluation of a book usually published in a periodical or newspaper.
Issues of a magazine gathered together and bound in a hard cover; shelved alphabetically by title.
Alphanumeric (letters and numbers) designation assigned to every book indicating its place on the Library shelves. CFCC Library follows the Library of Congress Classification System and the Dewey Decimal Classification.
Term used to indicate a library item is not checked out and should be available on the shelf.
Counter from which you check out and return all library material.
A written reference to a specific work or portion of a work (book, article, dissertation, report, musical composition, etc.) produced by a particular author, editor, composer, etc., clearly identifying the document in which the work is to be found.
Most recent issues of the magazine, newspapers, and journals.
A regularly updated file of digitized information (bibliographic records, abstracts, fulltext documents, directory entries, images, statistics, etc.) related to a specific subject or field, consisting of records of uniform format organized for ease and speed of search and retrieval.
The address identifying a specific site on the Internet. In the United States, domain names usually consist of three parts separated by the period. The six basic top level domain codes are:
.com commercial enterprise
.edu educational institution
.gov government agency
.mil military installation
.net network .org nonprofit organization
* access from anywhere you have an Internet connection
* needing only a web browser to view an eBook
* multiple users being able to access the same title
* searching across all the eBooks you own
* limiting searches by subject category.
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Placing a HOLD on a book already checked out means it will be kept for you when it is returned so you may check it out.
Statement indicating what years the library owns of a specific title.
Source which compiles citations to articles, newspapers, or books. There are general indexes and specialized indexes for each discipline. Indexes are in print and electronic formats.
The means of borrowing material not owned by your library. You may request both books and articles from periodicals.
Type of periodical which contains articles in a particular field. Journals are usually scholarly or professional sources and contain longer and more authoritative articles. Compare with magazines.
A format for typing research papers and citing sources in the humanities developed by the Modern Language Association of America and published in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, available in the reference section of most academic libraries.
Type of periodical containing popular articles which are usually shorter and less authoritative than journal articles.
Filmed copy of a publication stored on a 4 x 6 flat sheet. There are reader/printers for viewing and copying microfiche.
Filmed copy of a publication stored on reels. There are reader/printers for viewing and copying microfilm.
Publication published on a regular basis and intended to be continued indefinitely. Examples are newspapers, magazines, and journals.
A document or record containing firsthand information or original data on a topic. Primary sources include original manuscripts, periodical articles reporting original research or thought, diaries, memoirs, letters, journals, photographs, drawings, posters, film footage, sheet music, songs, interviews, government documents, public records, eyewitness accounts, newspaper clippings, etc.
Reference books most frequently used, so shelved on the bookcase nearest to the Reference Desk.
When a person has a question about how to find specific information or how to use library services and resources, assistance can be obtained by contacting the public service point located near the reference collection of the library (in person, by telephone, or in some libraries via email). A professionally trained reference librarian scheduled to work at the reference desk will provide an answer or refer the inquirer to a knowledgeable source.
Professional librarians who staff the Reference Desk to provide assistance to all library patrons.
Book shelves containing overview sources in all subjects. Reference books cannot be checked out.
A publication in any medium issued under the same title in a succession of discrete parts usually numbered (or dated) and appearing at regular or irregular intervals with no predetermined conclusion.
Using a designated symbol (like * or !) after the root stem of a word to retrieve variant endings of the word. For example, searching politic* picks up politics, political, politician, etc.