A guide to help non-librarians understand the terms and phrases we librarians throw around willy-nilly.
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2011
Librarians like to throw around a lot of technical terms and phrases and pretend everyone knows what we are talking about.
The purpose of this guide is to explain what these terms mean in plain English.
- What is an article?
Find out what an article is and where to find them.
- What is a journal?
Find out what journals are and which ones you can access as an SBU student.
- What is a database?
Learn what databases are all about and how they can save you a lot of time.
- What is reference?
Learn what we mean by reference, so that you can get help whenever you're confused about doing research for a class, presentation, or you just can't find anything in the library!
- What is a periodical?
Ever been lost in that huge periodical section?
- What is circulation?
That big desk up front and how it can help you.