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First Year Experience: Library Tutorials

Online Tutorials


To support your learning, we have created a series of interactive online tutorials. These tutorials can be done in your own time and at your own pace. 

Learning with LibGuides

Glossary of Library Terminology

ARC (Automated Reserve Collection): A collection of low-demand library resources, located onsite in closed-access, which can be requested online. You can see the ARC in action from the viewing point on the Ground Floor.

Catalogue: An online database which lists the library’s collection of print and audio-visual resources.

Citation: A brief description of a publication referring to a specific passage, text, author etc. It appears as a Reference or Footnote and contains sufficient details to enable you to locate the publication. Please refer to the library’s booklet Cite It Rite for help with referencing.

Closed-Access: Only library staff can enter.

Database: An electronic catalogue or index. It often includes details of individual articles within journals and sometimes chapters in books and is searchable.

Dewey Decimal Classification/Shelf Mark:  A code that appears on a label on the spine of each item in the Library numbering subjects from 000 to 999. Items are arranged by shelf mark and/or alphabetical order. See the Library floor plan and book marks for subject locations

E-book or E-journal: A book or journal that is in electronic format and can be read in full online.

Inter-Library Loan (ILL): A loan made between libraries which you may need to request if items you want are not held by the Library in print or online.

Journal: (also called periodical or serial) A publication that contains scholarly articles and is published at regular intervals.

Journal article: An item of research written by an academic or other expert, to communicate new ideas or findings to the wider research community. Several articles are published together within a journal issue.

Primo is the Library’s search engine and allows you to find items that are in the library catalogue in addition to other electronic material that the Library owns.

Reference collection describes items that you may use in the Library but may not borrow such as dictionaries, atlases and encyclopaedias.

Self-issue/ Self-return: Borrow/returning an item from/to the Library using an automated machine.

Short loan: 3-hour and 24-hour short loan items are located on the ground floor of the Library behind the Information Desk. 3-day and 7-day short loan items can be found with standard loan items on floors 1 and 2.

Special Collections: A collection of old and rare books, manuscripts and other archive materials.  Special Collections can be consulted on the second floor of the Library.

Store Level: This is a store room in the garden level of the Library, GLG-003, where lesser-used items such as books, journals, reference material and back runs of newspapers are held.