Glossary

This glossary will help you to understand the differences in the notions related to the types of documents on the bibliographic references.

Article: an essay which is part of a larger work such as an article in a journal or encyclopedia.
Source: https://library.dts.edu/Pages/RM/Helps/glossary.shtml

Author: the person(s) or organization(s) that wrote or compiled a document. Looking for information under its author's name is one option in searching.
Source: https://libguides.usc.edu/libraryterms

Bibliography: a list of bibliographic citations describing relevant documents (books, articles, DVDs, websites, manuscripts, etc.)
Source: https://library.dts.edu/Pages/RM/Helps/glossary.shtml

Catalog: a database (either online or on paper cards) listing and describing the books, journals, government documents, audiovisual and other materials held by a library. Various search terms allow you to look for items in the catalog.
Source: https://libguides.usc.edu/libraryterms

Chapter: a division of a book, usually being complete in itself in subject matter but related to the preceding and following ones.
Source: Harrod's Librarians' Glossary and Reference Book

Database: information or data stored on a computer and organized and indexed for quick and flexible searching and retrieval. Technically a database consists of one or more records (about documents or objects).
Source: https://library.dts.edu/Pages/RM/Helps/glossary.shtml

Document: a recorded intellectual work. It can be any size and use any format or technology. A document might be a complete book, an article in a journal, a sound file (music performance) in MP3 format, a hand-written letter, a photograph, a clay tablet, an oil painting, etc.
Source: https://library.dts.edu/Pages/RM/Helps/glossary.shtml

E-book (or Electronic book): An electronic version of a book that can be read on a computer or mobile device.
Source: https://researchguides.uoregon.edu/glossary#E

Editor: a person or group responsible for compiling the writings of others into a single information source. Looking for information under its editor's name is one option in searching.
Source: https://libguides.usc.edu/libraryterms

Encyclopedia: a work containing information on all branches of knowledge or treating comprehensively a particular branch of knowledge (such as history or chemistry). Often has entries or articles arranged alphabetically.
Source: https://libguides.usc.edu/libraryterms

Journal: a publication, issued on a regular basis, which contains scholarly research published as articles, papers, research reports, or technical reports. See also: Periodical.
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Journal title: The name of a journal. Journal title is one common search term.
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Magazine: a publication, issued on a regular basis, containing popular articles, written and illustrated in a less technical manner than the articles found in a journal.
Source: https://libguides.usc.edu/libraryterms

Monograph: a nonfiction scholarly book. Technically, one long nonfiction composition on one topic/issue. So most scholarly books are monographs, but books of essays and volumes of journal articles are NOT monographs
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Newspaper: a publication containing information about varied topics that are pertinent to general information, a geographic area, or a specific subject matter (i.e. business, culture, education). Often published daily.
Source: https://libguides.usc.edu/libraryterms

Peer reviewed journal: peer review is a process by which editors have experts in a field review books or articles submitted for publication by the  experts’ peers. Peer review helps to ensure the quality of an information source by publishing only works of proven validity, methodology, and quality. Peer-reviewed journals are also called refereed or scholarly journals.
Source: https://libguides.usc.edu/libraryterms

Periodical: an information source published in multiple parts at regular intervals (daily, weekly, monthly, biannually). Journals, magazines, and newspapers are all periodicals.
Source: https://libguides.usc.edu/libraryterms

Serial: publications such as journals, magazines and newspapers that are generally published multiple times per year, month, or week. Serials usually have number volumes and issues. The words journal, magazine, periodical, and serial may be used interchangeably.
Source: https://libguides.usc.edu/libraryterms

Uniform Resource Locator (URL): the unique address for a Web page which is used in citing it. A URL consists of the access protocol (http), the domain name (www.nmsu.edu), and often the path to a file or resource residing on that server.
Source: https://libguides.usc.edu/libraryterms

Updated on 23/07/2020

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