Glossary

Abstract:
a summary or brief description of the content of another longer work.
Article:
a brief work on a topic usually published as part of a journal, magazine, or newspaper.
Author:
the person(s) or organization(s) that wrote or compiled a document.
Call number:
a combination of letters and numbers that identifies a specific item in a library.
Catalogue:
a database of materials held by a library.
Circulation desk:
a place to check out and return library materials.
Citation:
a reference containing all the information necessary to identify and locate that work.
Database:
a collection of information that can be searched by a computer.
Due date:
the date by which you must return any library material.
Journal:
a publication, issued on a regular basis, that contains scholarly research published as articles, papers, research reports, or technical reports.
Loan period:
the length of time library materials may be borrowed.
Periodical:
Examples are Journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Remote access:
use of library electronic information when off-campus.
Reserves:
Materials set aside by professors for required reading. See Course readings (reserves).
Stacks:
shelves in the library where materials are stored. Books in the stacks are normally arranged by call number.

For more information on library terminology, see the Multilingual Glossary of Library Terms by the American Library Association.