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Research Tutorial-Part 7

Library Definitions


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Abstracts



Short summary of the content of a book or journal article. Commonly found in databases.

Acquisitions

Office responsible for the ordering and receipt of library materials other than serials and standing orders. Part of Library Resource and Metadata Services Department

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Allen Library

Part of Harrison University Libraries serving The Hartt School and all music, dance, and theatre programs, located in the East Wing of the Gray Center. Allen Library.

Annual

A publication released on a regular, once a year schedule.

Archives

Collection of materials relating to the history and people of the University of Hartford. The Archives and Special Collections is open to University faculty, staff, students, and members of the general public by appointment. While some material remains confidential, most collections are accessible. Patrons are asked to observe archival procedures to help protect the collections. Photocopying of material is permitted if the material is in good condition. Archival material is non-circulating. Archives and Special Collections is located on the lower level of Mortensen Library in Room 103. Archives.

Bibliography

List of research sources used in composing a document. Also, a collection (usually annotated) of sources related to a topic. Do not confuse with biography.

Bound Periodicals

Older issues of periodicals which have been sent to the bindery. In Mortensen, shelved on the lower level in call number order. In Allen, shelved just behind the Reference section.

Call Number

Unique letter and number combination to identify the location of a book or bound periodical on the shelf. Mortensen and Allen (Hartt) Libraries use the Library of Congress (LC) call number system. Call numbers group materials by subject.

C-Pods (Collaborative-Pods)

are designed to allow a group of students to work together on a project without having to crowd around a regular desktop computer. This allows students to spread out while working together on a computer with three keyboards, three mice, and two 42-inch monitors. C-Pods are located on the main level of Mortensen Library. There is also a C-Pod room on the upper level of Mortensen in L-310, the key for which can be checked out from the Circulation Desk for four hours use at a time.

Cataloging

is the office responsible for the creation of the Libraries Catalog, including description, creation of the bibliographic record, and assignment of the call number. Part of Library Resource and Metadata Services Department.

Circulation

is the service desk where books are checked out and returned. Also provides reserves, videos/DVDs, holds and recalls. Pick up Interlibrary Services materials here, too. Found at the front desk in Mortensen and at the entrance desk in Allen.

Citation and Style Guides

Information on how to create citations for use in research representing a myriad of different citation styles (including APA, MLA, Turabian, AMA, etc.). Also includes information on writing styles and terminology. Citation and Style Guides.

Compact Storage

Storage area located in Mortensen for less used materials. Items in Compact can be retrieved by Circulation staff.

Current Periodicals

The most recent issues of periodicals. Usually, but not always, the current year. In Mortensen, shelved on the lower level in alphabetical order by title. In Allen, they are located by the public computers.

Database

An electronic collection of searchable information on one or more topics. Often subscription-only access is paid for out of the Libraries' budget.

Dissertation

Final research project completed by student in a doctoral program. Most are available in the stacks, but older ones may only be in the Archives. All University of Hartford dissertations published are searchable online and available full text since 2000 at Dissertations and Theses @ University of Hartford. All dissertations may be searched at Dissertations and Theses Abstracts with some being full text online.

eJournals A to Z


Listing of all periodicals that the Libraries provide access to (both in print and electronically) and where to find them. eJournals A to Z.

Electronic Reserves

Assigned readings for class, in PDF format for reading or printing from a computer. Most classes now use Blackboard as the medium for providing this information.

Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD)

is the University center supporting the teaching environment by assisting faculty with the incorporation of technology and new teaching methods into their established curriculum. Housed on the main level of Mortensen.

Full Text

Online reproduction of the complete content of an article or book. Also, journals in which the majority of the articles have their content available online.

Guides


See Subject Guides below.

Hartt Library

See Allen Library above.

Hold

is a process to request a book which is currently charged out. The current borrower will not be able to renew the book, and the person placing the hold will be notified when it is returned. Ask for information at Circulation.

ILS or ILL

See InterLibrary Loan Services.

ISBN (International Standard Book Number)

Unique number, assigned by the publisher to a specific book title. Do not confuse with Call Number.

ITS (Information Technology Services)

The University department responsible for computer services, including staffing, maintenance, and operation of users branches. ITS (Information Technology Services).

Index

Detailed alphabetical guide, usually, to the content of a book or series of books (such as an encyclopedia). Also, an alphabetical subject guide to articles in a collection of periodicals published on a regular schedule.

InterLibrary Loan Services

Also referred to as ILL, obtains books or copies of articles not owned by Harrison University Libraries. Connected to over 9,000 libraries worldwide. On average, electronic articles are received within four (4) days and books are received within ten (10). Our online request system, ILLiad @ H, is available on the Harrison University Libraries web page. The ILL office is located on the lower level of Mortensen. InterLibrary Loan Services.

Journal

Professional or research publication issued on a regular schedule, and containing articles. Also referred to as periodical or serial.

KF Room

Classroom located on the main level of Mortensen.

Library of Congress (LC)

The national library of the United States. Also refers to the call number system used by Mortensen and Allen Libraries.

Librarian Chat

Instant Messaging (IM) widget on the library's webpage that allows you to chat with a librarian. It's a great way to ask for help!

Libraries Catalog

Online database of the holdings of Harrison University Libraries, consisting of the Mortensen and Allen libraries. More generally, the database of the holdings of any library. The starting point for most research projects. Libraries Catalog.

Microform

Any micro-formatted reproduction. See Microfiche and Microfilm.

Microfiche

Photographic reproduction of a document (usually a journal) on a flat piece of film. Filed in alphabetical order in Mortensen, lower level.

Microfilm

Photographic reproduction of a document (usually a journal) on rolled film. Filed in alphabetical order on the lower level of Mortensen Library.

Mortensen Library

Houses the general collections at the University of Hartford, serving most of the colleges. Part of the Harry Jack Gray Center. Mortensen Library.

Music Library

See Allen Library above.

Periodicals

Regularly published collection of articles. Magazines, journals, newspapers, etc. are all considered periodicals. Located on Mortensen's lower level and in Allen.

Plagiarism

Using parts of texts or entire ideas of other persons as your own work.

Reference Services or Reference

Reference librarians help members of the University of Hartford community to identify and use sources of information. Mortensen Reference is at the Reference Desk or office on the main level. Allen Reference is at the main Service Desk.

The Reference Department is temporarily located on the lower level during renovation.

Renew

Process which allows you to extend the loan period for a book. Some restrictions may apply. Renewals may be requested online, by phone, or at the Circulation Desk.

Reserves

Assigned readings for classes. Print materials are kept at the Mortensen and Allen circulation desks. Some materials may also be available as Electronic Reserves on Blackboard.

Resource and Metadata Services Department

Harrison University Libraries department responsible for acquiring and making all libraries materials accessible. Includes Acquisitions, Cataloging, InterLibrary Loan Services, and Serials.

Stacks

Shelves in the libraries.

Serials

Generic term for regularly or irregularly published recurring materials. Includes periodicals, annuals and semi-annuals. Also the department responsible for ordering and maintaining them. Part of Library Resource and Metadata Services Department.

Style Guides

See Citation and Style Guides above.

Subject Guides

Online information sources, arranged in broad categories. Selected by University Libraries staff as starting points for University students (includes online books, databases, websites, and more). Subject Guides.

Subject Headings

Formally controlled and applied terms to describe the subject of a book or article. Used to focus a search particularly when keyword searching is not successful. Ask a librarian for assistance.

Thesis

Final research project completed by honors or master's–level student. Most are available in the stacks, but older ones may only be in the Archives.

University Libraries


All libraries at the University of Hartford. Harrison University Libraries.

Users Branch

Computer lab with both Windows and Macintosh workstations, providing desktop applications such as word processing and spreadsheets, some special software, and Internet access. Supported by ITS.

Woods Family Classroom

Shared by Reference Services and the Faculty Center for Learning Development. Provides facilities for hands-on instruction in the use of library and other teaching and learning technologies, as well as FCLD offices. Mortensen Library main level.

Temporarily offline during renovations.


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