Abstract: A summary of an article, found at the beginning of the article.
Atrium: The entrance of Waldo Library has an atrium, a room with a dome-shaped, high ceiling with glass
Bibliography: A list of citations that identifies the sources of information in a paper.
Call Number: A series of letters and numbers to help identify and locate a book. See How to Read a Call Number.
Check out or Borrow a book: You can use your Bronco Card to take a book out of the library for a period of time.
Citation: Identifies all of the critical information of a source including title, author, place of publication, date of publication.
Course Reserves: Materials that are placed on hold by professors at the User Services Desk in the Atrium.
Database: An online collection of articles and abstracts.
Due Date: The date when you need to return an item to the library.
Full-text: The complete article online as opposed to just the abstract. It may be a .pdf or an html.
Graded Reader: Easy to read books for learners of English.
Index: A list found at the back of a book that lists the topics that are covered in the book.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL): A service to get items from other libraries if WMU does not own it.
Journal: A journal is an academic publication that contains articles. It usually comes out monthly or quarterly. Can also be called a periodical or serial.
Keyword: Words you use to search for articles.
Monograph: Another word for book." Mono" meaning one, indicates that it has one publication and is not a serial or periodical.
Peer-reviewed article: Scholarly articles reviewed by experts in the field evaluate for quality and validity before it is published.
Periodical: A publication (magazine or journal) that comes out on a regular basis such as weekly, monthly, or quarterly.
Primary Source: An original source of information produced at the time of an event, such as an interview, sound recording, diary, or photograph.
Scholarly article: Written by a researcher or expert in the field, often affiliated with a college or university. Includes footnotes and/or a bibliography and may include graphs or charts as illustrations.
Secondary Source: A source of information produced some time after the original event that draws on primary sources for information. It could also be an analysis of a primary source.
Stacks: Bookshelves. Use the floor plans to see where you can locate a particular call number.
Subject Headings: Established words or phrases for a subject. They tell you what the resource is about.
Volume: A collection of journal issues, usually by year is called a volume.