Abstract: A short summary that describes a larger work. An abstract is a few sentences to a paragraph in length, and will give an overview of an article or study. You can view abstracts of articles when searching Catalyst.
Annotated Bibliography: A bibliography that includes a brief description of each article or book listed. The description should help the reader evaluate the content and usefulness of each item.
Article: An essay or research report on a subject. Articles can appear in magazines, journals, newspapers, or other sources such as encyclopedias.
Bibliography: A list of books and other materials that are used to write an assignment.
Boolean Operators: A word - such as AND, OR, or NOT - that is used in a search. Boolean operators help to narrow (AND, NOT) or broaden (OR) searches.
Call Number: The number given to each book acquired by a library. A call number is like an address: it tells us where the book is located in the library:
Catalogue: An organized written list of all the materials held by a library. Most library catalogues can be searched online.
Check Out: To take a book or other material home, or out of the library to use in another part of the college. You might also use the words "borrow" or "issue".
Check In: To bring a book or other material back to the library. You might also use the word "return".
Citation: A way to tell readers that certain information in an essay or other work came from another source. Giving credit to the original author is the only way to use other people's work and ideas without plagiarizing. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense.
Copyright: Protection and legal rights provided by the laws of Canada to the creators of original works. This can affect how students and faculty access and use information for their research.
Database: An organized collection of information that can be searched. In library research, a database is where you find articles from journals, magazines, and in some cases, books.
D.O.I: Digital Object Identifier. A string of numbers, letters and symbols used to permanently identify an article or document and link to it on the web. A DOI will help to easily locate a document from a reference list. The DOI will always refer to the same article, and only that article. DOIs can usually be found on the article itself, either on the first page, or in the header or footer of the article.
Due Date: The date stamped on the book card or slip that reminds you when the material must be returned to the library. If you need to use the book for a longer time, you may renew it. If an item is returned after its due date, a fine may be due.
eBooks: Electronic books. eBooks can be read online or on a device like a smartphone or tablet.
Fine: The amount of money charged each hour or day for library materials that are not returned by the date they are due back.
Hold: To place a hold on an item means to reserve it. An item that is checked out may have a hold placed on it by another patron who wishes to use it. When the item is returned, the library will contact the patron who is waiting so they may check that item out.
Interlibrary Loan: A free service that gives students, faculty, and staff access to materials available in other libraries.
Journal: A professional or academic publication that is usually issued monthly or quarterly which contains scholarly articles, reports, research, and/ or papers. Journals might also be called serials or periodicals.
Keyword: Significant words or phrases that best define the main points of a research topic. Keywords are used for searching catalogues and databases for material on a topic.
Peer Review: Peer reviewed articles have been evaluated by several researchers or subject specialist in the academic community prior to accepting it for publication.
Plagiarism: The use of another person's words, ideas, or research without crediting the source, or passing off another person's work as your own. Plagiarism has serious consequences, and could mean failing the assignment, failing the class, or failing a program of study.
- A source that is cited on a works cited or references page.
- Assistance from a library staff member to find items or information.
- A Bibliography page in APA style is titled "References".
Reference Desk: A place where library staff give directions, answer questions, and show users how to find and use materials.
Renew: To re-issue or to extend the due date of a book or other library material.
Reserve: Books or other materials set aside by professors for use by students in particular classes. Reserve items can be used only in the library for three hours at a time.
Search Strategy: A combination of words entered into a search engine's or database's search boxes. The combination of words and phrases that are used will determine what results we see.
Stacks: The areas of the library where materials are shelved.