Glossary List with definitions
brief summary that evaluates or describes the important points in the content
of a journal article or library resource.
- The name
of the person(s) or group credited with creating a library resource.
- A list of works cited
by an author at the end of an article, paper, book, or other research-based
writing. There are also specialized subject bibliographies published
- A description of a specific item in
a collection. Bibliographic records list things like author, title,
publishing information, and other facts needed to identify the item.
- The part of a call
number, usually a combination of letters and numbers, used to differentiate
items with the same classification number.
- A system of logical
thought developed by English mathematician George Boole (1815-64). A Boolean
search combines key concepts or search terms with the logic operators AND,
OR, and NOT to specify the exact information desired.
words AND, OR, and NOT used to combine concepts or search
terms when searching a database for information.
- The notation used to identify and
locate a particular item in a collection. A call number consists of a
classification number and a book number. Think of it as an "address" for
a book. You'll need all the letters and numbers as well as the
"location" to find a book.
- Items that may be borrowed from the
library. Compare to
information given in an index or catalog about a particular title. The
citation may include the article title, periodical title, book title, place of
publication, publisher, volume, pages, and date. Refer to a
style manual to
learn how to format citations for your own bibliographies.
- The part of a call
number, usually a combination of letters and numbers, used to classify items
by subject area.
collection of resources assembled into a single unit for a specific purpose.
Each entry in the database is called a record.
- A value or option
selected by the computer in the absence of specific instructions by the user.
book that gives definitions of words. Dictionaries may be general (Webster's
New Collegiate Dictionary), or specialized (Dictionary of Economics).
- Electronic mail. The
exchange of computer-stored electronic messages.
collection of information. Like dictionaries, these can be general (Encyclopedia
Britannica) or specialized (Encyclopedia of World Cultures).
complete contents of a library resource that is text-based, as opposed to just an
abstract and/or a bibliographic record.
- The Hypertext Markup
in documents displayed on the Internet.
- The collective
resources owned--or held--by a library.
- Interlibrary Loan. A
resource-sharing system that makes items held by another library available to
patrons in their local library.
- Graphics used to
clarify or enhance the content of electronic or paper
These could be photographs, charts, maps, etc.
researchers locate articles in periodicals by subject or author. EXAMPLES:
Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, Education Index
Standard Book Number
unique ten- or thirteen- digit number assigned to each printed book.
Standard Serial Number
unique eight-digit number assigned to each periodical title published.
- See International Standard
International Standard Serial Number.
- A periodical
publication usually devoted to scholarly subjects. Compare to
- A word that conveys
subject content in a search for library resources. Keywords are found in
titles, notes, abstracts, summaries, descriptions, and subjects.
LC call number
- Identification number
derived from the U.S. Library of Congress classification
system. Used to locate and/or retrieve a library book.
- Learning & Technology Resource
Congress Classification System
The system of
letters and numbers used by most academic libraries to assign a
call number to
- A general-interest periodical that
has a broad, wide audience. Compare to
- Refers to microfiche
(rectangular) and microfilm (roll) formats whereby printed information is
transferred onto film for preservation. Usually, older issues of periodicals
are transferred to microform. Special machines-called "reader-printers"-are
needed to use microforms. Grossmont no longer has microforms nor the
reader-printers needed to access them.
- Items like compact discs, DVDs, videotapes
- Refers to accessing a remote computer via
a terminal. Our
is one example
of an online database.
- Portable Document Format. The
Adobe Acrobat standard that enables display of the "page image" of documents
using different browsers.
- A journal, magazine,
or newspaper issued at recurring intervals. Publication frequency varies,
e.g., quarterly, monthly, weekly or daily.
persons or companies responsible for placing a library resource on the
- A book that contains
facts, statistics, biographical information, which makes it a valuable tool
for answering questions. These [physical] books may not be taken out of the library and
are shelved separately from the
circulating parts of the collection. Grossmont's Reference section is directly behind the Reference librarian
on the Ground Floor.
The Gale Virtual Reference Library and our subscription to CREDO Reference (Xreferplus)
greatly expands our reference collection with electronic holdings.
- reference librarian
- A faculty member who
has studied the field of library science at the graduate level. A librarian is
the person to ask for research assistance in the library.
- Diligent and thorough
inquiry and investigation into a subject. This includes using ALL appropriate
print and electronic sources, asking the reference librarian for help, and
making use of
bibliographies generated by other authors.
materials are placed to be used by all students in a class. Any type of
material that an instructor deems appropriate may be put on reserve.
- A publication issued
over time in installments, a generic term that includes journals, periodicals,
magazines, and newspapers.
- The storage shelving
for books and periodicals. In Grossmont's
library, Reference books and periodicals are on the ground floor and the
circulating (as well as Oversize) books are located on the top floor.
- Topical headings that
describe the main focus of the content of a library resource. These are
usually assigned from a "controlled vocabulary"
or thesaurus of terms.
- A book that tells
a writer how to format a paper, with regard to
footnotes, bibliographies, pagination, etc. Ask your instructor which style
manual you should use.
- The typed matter on a page (or in an
electronic document) that is distinct from
symbols ( $ or * or ? )
- Truncation allows you to search for a
term and its variations by entering only the root of the term followed by a
truncation symbol. Our Library Catalog uses a dollar sign ($). Other
systems may use an asterisk (*) or a question mark (?). Check each vendor's
"Help" screens to determine which truncation symbols
Resource Locator, an electronic address used to find information
on the Internet. Grossmont Library's url is
Many of these definitions
were drawn from OCLC’s First Search help screens.
Blackman for Grossmont College, 4/18/01; updated 03/30/04,