Library Terms


A summary of an article, typically the size of a long paragraph. It always displays at the top of journal articles whether in print or online


A list of references to books, journal articles and other sources of information, usually found at the end of a publication.

Book bin

a drop point to return books if the Information desk is busy, located beside Information desk.


An indexed online listing of all the material held by or subscribed to by the Library, both print and electronic. It is searchable by title, author, subject or keyword.


A reference to a book, journal or article. Usually gives details such as title, author name, ISBN or ISSN etc.

Desk reserves

Lecturers leave loose-leaf material for classes in pamphlet boxes at the Library Information Desk for reference. They are searchable under the course reserve system (see Course reserves).

Dewey Decimal Classification

This is the system used by our library to organise our stock. It is a numerical system 000 to 999 that corresponds to different subject areas and is widely used.


Books are edited by their authors every few years to make them more relevant and current to their readers. They add new material and update old material to create a new edition.

Electronic resources

books and journals which are not available in print but can be accessed via a PC.


Alphabetical list of unfamiliar, technical or foreign language terms used in a publication.


placing a hold means requesting or reserving a book or other item which is on loan to someone else.


Items requested by other borrowers are placed on the holdshelf (behind the Information desk) for a short period until the borrower who placed the hold collects the request. The requestor receives an email to collect the item.


Alphabetical list of what and where topics are discussed in a publication, which is usually found at the end of a publication.

Inter Library Loan

We can get an article or borrow a book from another library on your behalf.


borrowing a book from the library.


publication containing articles of an academic nature, magazines dealing with special interest areas which are peer-reviewed (see Peer review).

Library Password:

You need to create and remember this password to access certain features on the library website.

OPACs (Online Public Access Catalogue)

They are PCs which are dedicated for catalogue searching in the library.


You are allowed to borrow material for a specific period. If you do not renew your books past their due date, they become overdue. You get penalty points and may be blocked from borrowing.

Peer review

Journal articles are reviewed by experts in that subject area and only top quality ones are published.


Claiming that other people’s work is your own. If you quote from someone else’s work, you need to provide a full citation or reference to it.

Quick Check

the machine which allows you to borrow and return library books without any help from the library staff. You need your Library password to use this (see Library password).