Glossary of Library Terms
There are currently 12 Terminology in this directory beginning with the letter I.
See the entry forÂ interlibrary loan.
See the entry forÂ Information Literacy Learning Center.
The Davidson College Library'sÂ interlibrary loanÂ system.
In-text citations help the reader find the source in the reference list or bibliography.Â Â See the entry forÂ parenthetical citation. For more information, see ourÂ Citing Sources Guide.
(a) A list of the major topics, places, and people discussed in a book or other source.Â The index often appears at the end of a book and usually directs readers to relevant page numbers.
Located just inside the front door of the E.H. Little Library, this is the site for gettingÂ referenceÂ help and for checking out library materials.Â Look for the green Research Help and blue Check Out flags.Â
Information Desk Assistant
Davidson Library student employee who sits at theÂ Information DeskÂ and assists with checking out books, handling fines, and shelving library materials.Â
The competencies and skills that students need to locate, retrieve, evaluate, analyze, and use information.Â These competencies are developed over time and are essential for lifelong learning.
Information Literacy Learning Center (ILLC)
The Library's classroom and space for students to learn aboutÂ information literacy.Â LocatedÂ in the center of the main floor of the E.H. Little Library.Â Many library sessions andÂ Research RescueÂ are held in this room.Â Also known as the fishbowl.
A library service that allows users to borrow or obtain copies of materials from other libraries.Â If the Davidson College Library does not have the book or article you need, simply request the item usingÂ ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system.Â We'll get the material for you - at no charge to you - and will let you know when it is available.Â Just be sure to allow 3-5 days for the material to arrive.Â For a video tutorial on how to request items through Interlibrary Loan, clickÂ here.
International Standard Book Number, a unique ten or thirteen-digit number assigned to each book published.
International Standard Serial Number, a unique, eight-digit number assigned to each magazine, journal, newspaper, and serial publication.Â The standard format for the ISSN is two sets of four digits, separated by a hyphen (e.g. 1234-5678).