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Library Workshop Manual : Glossary

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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.

Bibliographic Information

All the information necessary to describe a publication. For a book, this is the author, title, place of publication, publisher, and year of publication.


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 the work.


A written history of a person's life.

Boolean Logic

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.

Call Number

The set of symbols identifying a particular item in the library collection and indicating its location. This is sometimes called a classification number.


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.

Corporate Author

An organization which is responsible for the written material. Some examples are companies, conferences, government agencies, associations, etc.


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, Mainstreaming.)


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 different authors.


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.

Index Term

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 authors.


A listing of synonyms and related terms, or a listing of index terms used in a database.

Title Page

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.

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