Answered By: Your Library Team
Last Updated: Jun 06, 2018     Views: 11

Here are some of the terms you may come across when using the library for the first time:

Academic journal - this is a scholarly periodical aimed at specialists and researchers.​ They contain articles which are generally written by experts in the subject, using more technical language, containing original research and conclusions.

Databases - these are primarily collections of online journals that you can search for articles, they are often subject-specific, containing abstracts or the entire text of articles.

Electronic book (eBook) - this is a book publication made available in digital form,consisting of text and/or images which are readable on computers or other electronic devices. Although sometimes defined as "an electronic version of a printed book", some eBooks exist without a printed equivalent.

Shelfmarks - A shelf mark number is the number needed to help locate a book on the library shelves. we use a classification series called the Dewey Decimal System (DDC) to organise our books on the shelves.

Each book is given its own class number according to this system, which you can find on the label on the spine of the book. In order to find a book on the shelves, you will need to know its class number. You can find this information on StarPlus, it is normally a series of 3 numbers, followed by a number of decimal numbers and then a  letter. For example, 123.12(A).

Our Health Sciences Libraries use an alternative classification system, National Library of Medicine (NML)


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