Glossary of Library Terms Answered By: Aine Meehan
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Glossary of Terms
Term Meaning
Author Searching by author can be tricky even if you know the exact name as there may be more than 1 author with that name or they may have written several books or articles. The authors name may also be indexed differently in different databases.
Cant, Andrew or Andrew Cant or Cant, Andrew J. or Andrew J. Cant.
Rule of thumb search Surname, First name.
Abstract  A summary or description of a long article or piece of work. Abstracts are usually at the beginning of a journal article.
Author Search You can search the library catalogue, EOLAS or the databases by author. You always put surname first followed by first name or initial. Example: Madder Sylvia
Bibliographic Record  This is the catalogue record that describes the item the library owns. It typically has information in it such as title, author, publisher, number of pages etc. See an example.
Book bin The book bin is at reception, and it is where you can drop in the books you wish to return. The books are quarantined for 3 days and then checked in. (we backdate them)
Boolean Operators Boolean operators allow you to broaden or narrow your search based on the use of these 3 connectors: AND, OR and NOT 
Class number Known as a call number in America, or a Dewey number. We use the term class number. It's the number on the spine of the book. It tells you where in the library the book is located.
Example: 658.8 KOT
Cutter First three characters of an authors surname. Used with the class number. Example: 658.8 KOT
Corporate Author A company or organization who is an author. Example: American Psychological Association, Food and Drug Administration. 
Cross Reference  
Date Line Adjusting the date line refines your search results to material within a specified date range. 
Dewey Decimal System  
EBSCO They are an information services company. EBSCO is an acronym  for Elton B. Stephens Company. We get EBSCO Discovery search, full text finder, Publication finder, some ebooks and some databases off them. 
EDS  EBSCO Discovery Search. Also known as EOLAS
EOLAS  EOLAS is our search tool that allows you search multiple databases and the library catalogue with a single search strategy with appropriate filters to refine your search to more appropriate results.  
Filters You can limit your search results by using filters, the filters will change as you refine your search. Different databases use different filters.
Full Text   
Green paper   
Grey Literature  
Keyword  Keywords are the search terms you select to give the database the best opportunity to retrieve material suitable for your specific context.
Library Database   
Off Campus Access  
Peer Review Also known as scholarly review, or refereed. Watch 3 minute Video. Journal articles that are submitted and accepted by an expert editorial board (peer reviewed) are considered to be academic and scholarly usually published in subject specialist journals.
Phrase Searching  
Primary Source  
Print Catalogue The print catalogue is an online list of holdings available in Yeats Library. It includes print books, maps, dissertations, official publications and journals; along with individual ebook purchases. Each record provides bibliographic details, live availability and class number to help you locate the item on the shelves.
Reference List  
Secondary Source  
Staff Number  
Student email address  
Student Number   
Subject Limiters Subject limiter is a more controlled vocabulary and finds articles about your subject even if your key words are not included
Synonyms A synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language. 
Table of Contents  
Thesaurus A thesaurus is a useful online tool which will offer you synonyms or alternative terms so you can broaden your search and add variety to your writing. 
Title  Using the Title search option you can type the exact title or the first few words, this will retrieve books, articles, DVDs, publication titles with these words in the title.
Truncation Like wildcards, but they replace the end of a keyword. (several letters) example : arch* would search for archaeology and archaeometry in EOLAS
White paper  
Wildcards Use a symbol to replace a letter or word ending in your key word search strategy. Depending on the database the symbol might be * or ? or #


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