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- November 4, 2009
International Standard Book Number. Developed in 1966 and adopted as an international standard in 1970, the ISBN is a unique, ten- or (since January 1, 2007) thirteen-digit number assigned to every published book. Hardcover and paperback editions of the same book are assigned different numbers, and new editions of books are assigned a new ISBN number.
Though it is usually pronounced as individual letters, some people do pronounce it as a word: iz-bun.
- October 23, 2009
A depository library is a library designated by the U.S. government to receive and keep some or all of that government's published documents. Gould Library is a depository library and has been since 1930. Our government documents collections are comprised of a total of 279,097 cataloged items in tangible formats:
- paper (85,831 items on Level 1)
- microfiche & film (184,119 items on Level 1)
- CD-ROMS (2,034 items on Level 1)
- maps (7,113 cataloged items on level 2, plus thousands of uncataloged maps, including all USGS topographics for all states)
as well as thousands of documents available electronically available.
- October 14, 2009
Boolean operators are words that specify the relationship between two or more search terms when doing keyword searches.
- January 15, 2009
Controlled vocabulary is the words and phrases used by a subject specialist when creating subject headings for an article, document, or book for a specific index or catalog. For example, the books in Carleton's library collection are assigned subject headings from the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Articles listed in JSTOR, PsycInfo, and other databases, are given subject headings by subject specialists, or indexers. These subject headings are then listed in a thesaurus designed for that database. This is meant to provide consistency and order in the chosen words and phrases.
- May 28, 2008
- May 14, 2008
Microforms are materials (reports, documents, books, journals, newspapers, etc.) imprinted on a medium at a greatly reduced size. Microforms include microfilm, strips of photographic film on reels; microfiche, small flat sheets of photographic film (usually 4" x 6"); and microprint or microcard, small, flat, opaque sheets of archival cardstock.
- May 7, 2008
Want to see librarians' eyes roll back into their heads? Ask where they keep the primary sources.
Primary sources are fundamental, authoritative documents or publications (like the Declaration of Independence or Salem Witch Trial transcripts), original material such as letters and manuscripts, literary works, scientific research reports, contemporaneous news accounts and interviews. Primary sources are the materials that are used to build history.
- March 5, 2008
A brief summary that gives the essential points of a book or article without interpretation or criticism.
- February 27, 2008
Not the stuff you pour milk over, a serial is any publication issued in successive parts, appearing at intervals, usually regular ones, and intended to be continued indefinitely. The term includes journals, magazines, newspapers, annual publications, numbered monographic series, and the proceedings and transactions of professional societies.
- February 20, 2008
A monograph is a scholarly book on a single subject, class of subjects, or person. In the library field, this term is also used for any non-serial publication. Monographs are often lengthy works on a particular subject or person, detailed in treatment, which usually contain a bibliography.
- October 24, 2005
diluvial \d-LU-vee-l \(noun) 1. Of or belonging to a deluge or flood...
- October 16, 2005
bandersnatch \BANDR-snatch\ (noun) 1. A fleet, furious, fabulous creature...