LIS Glossary

# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
There are 15 names in this directory beginning with the letter P.
P
Parenthetical Citation
Parenthetical Citation
A type of in-text citation that utilizes parentheses. This type of citation is used in AAA, ACS, APA, Chicago: Author-Date, CSE-CBE, and MLA styles. See the entry for in-text citation. For more information, see our Citing Sources Guide.
PawPrint
A system that allows students to print on campus.  There are PawPrint printers on the main floor near the Information Literacy Learning Center and on the ground floor (basement) in the 24 hour room.
Peer Research Advisor
Davidson Library student employee who assists library users with a variety of directional, technical, and search requests at the Information Desk and during Research Rescue.
Peer Review
The process by which scholarly articles and books are published.  The editors of peer-reviewed publications require authors to submit drafts of their work for consideration.  These drafts are then reviewed by experts in the field who evaluate them.  In considering articles for publication, reviewers assess the quality of authors' research as well as their contribution to scholarship.  For more information, see Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles.
Periodical
A type of publication that is issued at regular intervals (e.g. monthly, weekly, daily).  Journals, magazines, and newspapers are all periodicals.  See also the entry for serials.
Periodical Title List
Lists years and coverage for all of our online, print, and microform journals, magazines, and newspapers.  Searchable by title or browsable by subject. For information about how to use the periodical title list, see the Introduction to the Periodical Title List video tutorial.
Permalink
Provides consistent access to a website, even if the site's address changes with hardware or file re-configurations.  Also called a durable URL, persistent link, PURL or stable URL.  For more information, see our Linking to Full Text Resources guide. 
Persistent Link
Provides consistent access to a website, even if the site's address changes with hardware or file re-configurations.  Also called a durable URL, permalink, PURL or stable URL.  For more information, see our Linking to Full Text Resources guide.
Phrase Searching
A type of search syntax that allows you to search for phrases in a database.  In many databases, you need to put phrases in double quotation marks (cold war).  The syntax may differ in some databases; always check the Help screens or ask a librarian.
Physical description (MARC field 300)
Series (MARC fields 4XX)
Primary Source
An original document that provides information about an event or a topic.  Types of primary sources vary by discipline.   
Privacy Policy
(a) A statement of how a person's personal information can or will be used by the institution or party.
Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems (quarterly)
Records Management Journal (3 issues per year)
PURL
Persistent Uniform Resource Locator.  Provides consistent access to a website, even if the site's address changes with hardware or file re-configurations.  Also called a durable URL, permalink, persistent link, or stable URL.  For more information, see our Linking to Full Text Resources guide.