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Writing 001 (Pravin): Library Lingo

Academic Writing

Library Terms You Need to Know

  • abstract - A brief summary of the content of a book or article.
  • Boolean logic - using short words (AND, OR, NOT) to tell a database how search words related to each other. AND narrows a search.  OR broadens a search.  NOT removes a concept from a search. Examples: cats AND leukemia, cats OR felines, cats NOT siamese.
  • citation - A short description of a book, article or web page that has been quoted or used as a source. MLA style example:
       Burns, Tom, and Sandra Sinfield. Essential Study Skills: The complete guide to success at university. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2003.
  • controlled vocabulary/descriptors - Carefully selected words or phrases used to tag information for easy retrieval.  Example: pants may be the descriptor for trousers, slacks, dungarees, etc.
  • database - A searchable electronic catalog or index that helps you find articles and other library materials.
    • link resolver - Allows you to get from the citation to the actual article (full text), regardless of which database you find it in. Ours is UC-eLinks.

                   

    • interlibrary loan - A free library service that allows you to borrow materials from other libraries.
    • journal - A scholarly magazine that contains articles written by professors, researchers or experts in a subject area.
    • truncation - A search technique in which you use a symbol to search for variations on a word. Example: educat* searches educate, education, educator, etc.