Glossary of Library Terms
There are currently 11 Terminology in this directory beginning with the letter S.
See the entry forÂ peer review.Â
Search or Search Strategy
The plan enacted to answer a research question.
Presents or discusses information originally presented in another source.Â
See: American Book Prices Current.
Publications issued at intervals; serials usually have the same title over time.Â Â PeriodicalsÂ are types of serials.
(a) Related works that are published together in succession that may have been given a series title.
Smith Rare Book Room
Located on second floor of the E.H. Little Library, the Smith Rare Book Room is an elegant room housing the library's unique, rare, and unusual book collections.Â While requiring additional security and care, books in the room are available for use by Davidson's faculty, staff, and students as well as visiting scholars and the general public.
Provides consistent access to a website, even if the site's URL changes with hardware or file re-configurations.Â Also called a permalink or PURL.Â For more information, see ourÂ Linking to Full Text Resources guide.Â
The area in the library containing most of the bookshelves.Â Generally, the stacks are the bookshelves containing the books that can be checked out.Â The reference stacks are the bookshelves that hold the materials in the reference collection.
A service that allows people to watch movies or listen to music online without downloading.Â The library offers a number of streaming audio and video databases, includingÂ VAST: Academic Video Collection.
A word, phrase, or group of words that describes the subject content of a book or other item.Â In most databases, subject headings, which can be called descriptors, are a form ofÂ controlled vocabulary.Â A given item may have more than one subject heading.Â