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Annotated Bibliography

A list of works on a topic or by a particular author in which each citation is followed by a brief summation and/or evaluation of the work.

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Biblography

A bibliography is a list of citations or references at the end of a research paper, journal article, book chapter, or book. This list of citations is...

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Boolean searching

Much database and internet searching is based on Boolean principles (named after mathematician George Boole). The three most commonly used operators...

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Citation

A citation is a brief representation of a work. It provides all the necessary information to describe and locate the work including title, author,...

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a unique alphanumeric string assigned to journal articles that identifies content and location. The DOI can be...

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Index

A systematically arranged list that provides enough information for each item on the list to be found. For example, an index of a book lists names...

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Journal

A journal generally refers to a periodical that is published on a regular basis issued by a society, university press, government agency or...

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Keyword

A keyword is a word or a phrase that is used in a search engine to find relevant information. Database searches often look for keywords in multiple...

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Online catalog

The online catalog is a computer database that lists the materials the library’s owns. It is also called the OPAC (online public access...

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Peer reviewed (refereed)

Peer reviewed refers to the process whereby articles submitted for publication in a journal are evaluated by subject experts for content,...

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Scholarly

Scholarly activities are those that involve academic or educational pursuits. Scholarly articles are written at an advanced level by subject experts...

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Stacks

This term refers to the areas in the library where books and bound periodicals are shelved. The McNichols campus library stacks are on the lower...

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Thesaurus

A thesaurus is most commonly known as a book that contains a list of words and their corresponding synonyms. In Microsoft Word, the Thesaurus feature...

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Truncation

Many search engines allow for truncation of keywords.  Truncation is the shortening of a search term by using a symbol so that all variants of...

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