Leeds University Library

Library glossary

The glossary explains some of the terms you will come across when using the Library.

An abstract is a short summary of a longer piece of text. Journal articles will usually have an abstract.
A bibliography lists all the sources you consulted in your research. Because bibliographies include sources you may not have cited in your work, they are usually arranged alphabetically by author surname.
Book series
Sometimes books are published as part of a series. A group of books in a series have similar characteristics in common such as a subject, author or format. When you find a book on the Library Catalogue it will tell you whether it is part of a series. 
The Check@Leeds button checks the library catalogue to see whether we have access to the item in full text. You will see the Check@Leeds button in most of our databases.
A citation is the part of a reference that you include within the main body of your work whenever you directly quote from, paraphrase, summarise or refer to work produced by another author.
Classic Catalogue
The Classic Catalogue is an electronic list of all the items available in the Library. The catalogue will tell you the details of the item, how many copies we have in the library and where you will find it on the shelves. If it is an electronic item the Catalogue will also give you a link to access it.
Classmark - see shelf mark

Computer clusters
Computer clusters are rooms with computers that can be used by students when not booked for teaching. There are many computer clusters around campus, some of which are open 24-hours. Find out more about computer clusters.
Conference proceeding
Conference proceedings contain details of the papers presented at a conference. The outcome of research studies is often presented at a conference before any reports are published so searching conference proceedings can be a good way of finding out about the latest research on your topic.
Core text
Core text items are books that are well used and usually appear on reading lists. All core text books can be recalled at any time.
You use databases to search for journal articles.If you are carrying out a literature search you will need to search the most appropriate databases for your subject area. The "key databases" page for your subject area will give you a good starting point for your search, telling you more about the databases and providing guides on how to search them.
Document supply
The document supply service can be used to obtain books and journals etc. that are not available at Leeds University Library. Find out more about document supply.
E-book/electronic book
An e-book is an electronic version of a book. E-books can be read online. If the book is available electronically you will see a 'View this book online' link on the Catalogue record.
Full text
Full text is the complete text of an item eg a journal article or book. You will only be able to read the full text of a journal article if the Library subscribes to the journal in which the article was published.
Grey literature
Grey literature is any information that is not produced by commercial publishers. It includes conference proceedings, theses, research reports, working papers, preprints, white papers and reports produced by government departments, academics, business and industry. Find out more about grey literature.
Group study area
Group study areas are available for discussion and collaboration and provided in all main campus libraries.
High Demand Collection (HDC)
The Library's High Demand Collection contains items known to be in heavy demand by students. There is a High Demand Collection in the Laidlaw Library and Health Sciences Library. The High Demand Collection also contains the self-pickup area.
An International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique 10 or 13 digit number that identifies a book. The ISBN can be found on the back cover of a book. Unique ISBNs are given to each edition of a book.
An International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is a unique 8 digit number that identifies a print or electronic journal. The ISSN of a printed journal can be found on the back cover.
Journals are publications that specialise in a particular subject area, containing a series of short, in-depth articles which describe or report on new research. Journals are produced on a continuing basis and can also be known as periodicals or serials. Some journals produce a new issue each week or month but others are quarterly or annual.
Library Catalogue
The Library Catalogue lists all the items available from the Library. Search the Library Catalogue to find books and journals. 
A manuscript is a document written by hand. Special Collections has some of the UK's outstanding collections of rare manuscripts.
A monograph is a scholarly piece of writing on a particular subject. A monograph could be a book, essay, report, dissertation or any other piece of writing on a single subject. 
Periodical - see Journal
Persistent link
A persistent link is a permanent link to a webpage. Persistent links are often used to directly connect you to a journal article, Library Catalogue record or e-book etc. 
Reading list
Reading lists contain details of recommended reading for a particular module. Your reading lists are available to view in the VLE and via the Reading List webpage.
If you have an item which another user would like to borrow you will receive a recall email asking you to return the item.
Reference list
A reference list is a list of the citations that have appeared in the body of your work. How it is arranged will depend on the referencing style you are using.
Reference only
Reference only items can only be used in the Library. You cannot borrow a reference only item.
If an item is out on loan you will need to 'request it' via the Library Catalogue. We will send a recall email to the person who has the item if we are asking them to return it.
Search@Library is the main way to search the material that the Library provides access to. It allows you to find individual journal articles as well as books and other resources. 
Self-pickup area
The self-pickup area is where you can collect items you have requested. In the Laidlaw and the Health Sciences Library the self-pickup area is in the High Demand Area; in the Brotherton Library it is behind the Enquiry Desk.
Our self-service facilities allow you to borrow, renew and return items yourself and pay your fines online. Our self-service system can be accessed either through the Self Issue units in the library or online, via your Library record.
Shelf mark
A shelf mark/classmark tells you where to find an item in the Library. The shelf mark is usually displayed on the spine of the item. When you are looking on the Library Catalogue and you find something you want to borrow, write down the shelf mark and location so you know where to look on the shelves.
The stack is an area in the Library where low use books and journals are shelved. The shelf mark will help you identify whether the resource you are looking for is in the stack, for example Stack History of Science C-9 FLA
Standard loan
All books, apart from reference items and those in the High Demand Collection, are standard loan. Undergraduates can borrow standard loan items for two weeks, postgraduates for three months and staff for six months. All standard loan items can be recalled at any time.
The Library maintains several stores around the campus where materials that are not in demand are kept. Some older materials and all PhD theses are held in the Library stores.

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