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A summary of an article or book which gives the essential information.
A brief statement discussing or summarizing a book or article.
A book containing a collection of writings by several different authors.
The person who puts such a book together is called the editor.
A book of maps and geographic tables.
The person who is responsible for the writing and intellectual content
of a book or article. Two or more persons collaborating on a work are
called joint authors.
All the information necessary to describe a publication. For a book,
this is the author, title, place of publication, publisher, and year of
A list of books and articles used by the writer of a term paper, thesis,
article, or book to tell the reader what materials were referred to in
A written history of a person's life.
The logic of sets (named after George Boole) which makes use of the
logical operators AND, OR, and NOT to create additional sets. Boolean
logic is often used in searching computer databases.
The set of symbols identifying a particular item in the library collection
and indicating its location. This is sometimes called a classification
A reference to a work or part of a work that gives the bibliographic
information which identifies the material.
The exclusive right, granted by law for a specific number of years, to
control the reproduction and sale of a literary or artistic work.
An organization which is responsible for the written material. Some
examples are companies, conferences, government agencies,
References in indexes which lead from one term to another. SEE
references lead from unused terms to the actual subject heading. (For
example, Death Penalty SEE Capital punishment.) SEE ALSO
references lead to related terms under which additional material may
be found. (For example, Special education SEE ALSO Autism,
An index term from a controlled vocabulary designed to provide
efficient indexing and retrieval of information by subject
The person responsible for compiling a collection of writings by
An e-zine is an online magazine or an electronic version of a print
magazine. E-zines can be independently created, or they can be
sponsored by major publishing companies. A magazine is to a journal
as an e-zine is to an e-journal. An e-journal tends to be more scholarly
than an e-zine.
A descriptor or term from a controlled vocabulary list which allows for
efficient retrieval of information by subject.
A magazine, journal, or similar work issued at regular intervals, such
as weekly, monthly, etc. and usually containing articles by a variety of
A listing of synonyms and related terms, or a listing of index terms
used in a database.
The first important page in a book. It contains the title of the book,
the author(s), editor(s), or organization responsible for the intellectual
content of the work, the edition (unless it is the first), and the place of
publication, publisher, and date of publication. (The date is sometimes
located on the reverse side of the title page.)
A database search technique that allows you to type in a defined
symbol as a wild card. For example, in some databases LIBRAR* will
allow the computer to search for: LIBRARY, LIBRARIES, LIBRARIAN,
LIBRARIANS, LIBRARIANSHIP, and similar words.