The American Psychological Association citing style format, used by most AUT schools. APA style specifies the names and order of headings, formatting and organization of citations and references, and the arrangement of tables, figures, footnotes, and appendices.
A unique location code that appears on the spine of a item e.g. D 658 MAN. This includes: (a) Prefix – usually indicates which collection the item is in, for ex. D stands for High Demand, (b) Dewey Decimal Classification Number – this represents the subject(s) of the resource and (c) the Cutter, usually the first three letters of the authors surname e.g. (a)D (b)658 (c)MAN
The legal rights or protection granted to an author, composer, playwright, publisher or distributor to protect the ownership and prevent unauthorised copying of their work. Libraries have a special interest in fair use of copyrighted material.
A collection of items that have been submitted by lecturers that are closely related to current courses and student assignments. Items may include books, lecturer notes, study guides, articles from library e-journals, statutes and lecturer publications.
The three letters following the DDC number on the spine of the book. These letters are usually the first three letters of the author's surname or the title of the book e.g. for the book "Principles of Marketing" by Philip Kotler the cutter will be KOT (658.8 KOT). This enables books with the same DDC number to be shelved alphabetically.
A classification scheme whereby works are grouped together on the shelves according to subject or disciplines e.g. books on architecture are shelved at the 720's. This system is used in the AUT University Library.
An identifier used by publishers to identify materials published electronically. Developed by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing industry, its goals are to provide a framework for managing intellectual content.
A network node that is set up as a boundary to prevent traffic from one segment crossing over to another. May be used for increasing speed of access for organisational intranets and/or for limiting access to particular Internet resources, or for preventing outsiders from using an intranet.
The physical form of the item e.g. book, CD-ROM etc.
A typed transcript of an article. This service is available from many of the databases subscribed to by the Library.
A specialist librarian, with a qualification in Library and Information Studies and usually another graduate degree. They are qualified to teach users how to find library resources and help them find the information needed for research. They also liaise with Faculty to order resources in their specialist subject areas.
An index (usually by subject) to a group of periodicals and serials that is issued at regular intervals and cumulated. Each record of each article indexed will list author, title, name of periodical, volume, pages and date of publication. Many periodical indexes also include an abstract (summary) of the article.
The published record of the business transacted by a learned society or other such organisation. Includes abstracts or reports of papers presented by the participants. Transactions is the term given to the entire text of papers presented.
Message sent via email to the borrower of a Library item that has been recalled by another Library user requesting user to return the item within three days or a fine will incur. This procedure helps to share library materials among all users.
A unit of related data, arranged in fields, constituting a database. The data for a book found in the OPAC is a record; similarly a reference to an article found in such databases as EBSCO MegaFile Premier, MEDLINE and Newztext is a record.
A journal containing articles that have been reviewed and evaluated by experts in the field.
Library material designed to be consulted for specific information rather than to be read completely. This collection includes encyclopaedias, dictionaries, almanacs, directories, statistics as well as periodical indexes, and subject bibliographies. Print reference material may only be used in the library.
Software that enables users to search the Internet using keywords, e.g. Google.
Part of the Search Strategy, in which a combination of search terms and Boolean operators (AND, OR and NOT) are used to search a database.
A systematic series of steps for finding the most relevant information on a topic. The process involves the researcher considering all potentially useful reference sources. Having selecting the appropriate resources they will then locate and evaluate the relevance of the information found. See Information Literacy.
A special symbol (eg *, ?, $ or #) used at the end of a word to retrieve the stem or the root and all possible endings of that word. For example, entering manage* will retrieve manage, manageable, management, manager, manageress and managers.
Using a symbol to replace a letter within a word. Useful when searching for alternative spellings. In many databases the wildcard symbol is a question mark(?), for example: organi?ation will find organisation or organization.