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Academic Journal - See Journal
Archives - Collection of manuscripts and other
materials pertaining to the history of the college. At BMCC we
collect mainly local official publications and memorandum relating
to the academic enterprise, such as minutes, reports and college
Barcode Number - The 14-digit number appearing
beneath the barcode found in the end papers of a book. Barcode
numbers for BMCC library books begin with the numbers " 3 1470
" and are used to charge, discharge, and renew books. CUNYCard
also uses a barcode number to identify a library patron. Patron
barcode begins with "2 1470" for BMCC.
Boolean Searching - In searching a database, operators such as AND, OR, and NOT that are sometimes used to combine search terms to broaden or narrow the results of a keyword search. Combining terms using operators is called Boolean searching.
Number - Call numbers are placed on the spine of the book to locate it
in the stacks. They are also in the
Library Catalog to help you find the book. At BMCC we use
Library of Congress call numbers, a combination of letters and
numbers (e.g., QA 76.5 .I15 1997).
How to Read Call Numbers.
- Traditionally, card catalogs were pieces of furniture containing
drawers filled with cards that provide information about books
in the collection. The card catalog in the BMCC Library has been
replaced by an online electronic catalog (Library Catalog) since 1989.
- A service desk (or counter) where books and other materials
are loaned or charged out to library users. Library materials
which do not circulate (for example, reference books and periodicals)
can be used inside the library.
- Information which fully identifies a publication. A complete
citation usually includes author, title, name of journal (if
the citation is to an article) or publisher (if to a book),
and date. Often pages, volumes and other information will be
included in a citation.
- See Record
- A part of a record used for a particular category
of data. For instance, the title (ti) field displays the title
for each record in the database. Some of the other fields in
the CD-ROM databases are author (au), journal (jn) and abstract
(ab). The BMCC Library Catalog contains additional fields that
give the description, call number, location, holdings, and circulation
status of an item at BMCC.
- means 'entire article', or 'entire text'. Some databases provide access to the
'full-text' of articles, while others only provide
- A set of fields in the BMCC Library Catalog in serial records
that shows exactly which years and volumes of that serial are
available at BMCC. Records for multi-volume books also contain
a holdings field.
Literacy - The American Library Association
defines information literacy as a set of abilities requiring
individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have
the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed
information." ALA also states that "information literacy is
a survival skill in the Information Age." "Information literacy
forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines,
to all learning environments, and to all levels of education.
It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations,
become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their
Loan Services - Interlibrary lending and borrowing
services provide access to materials that cannot be found in
the BMCC Library. At BMCC, this service, which includes document
delivery, is currently limited to faculty and staff.
J - K
Searching - Keyword searching allows a user
to construct a search by looking for a word or combination of
words from the author, title, or subject fields of the BMCC
Library Catalog. The location code "BM" can also be searched.
- Documents and serials, often ones that are bulky or
liable to deteriorate rapidly, which have been photographed
to reduce the storage space required and to preserve them. Common
formats for microforms are microfilm or microfiche. College
catalogs, telephone books, newspapers, magazines and government
documents are examples of microforms in many college libraries.
N - O
(Online Public Access Catalog)
- A computerized catalog that contains records for books and
other materials in the BMCC Library and the other eighteen libraries
of the City University of New York. Within CUNY, CUNY+ is the
online catalog system that offers both a text and browser-based
Indexes and Abstracts - Periodical indexes list
articles which have appeared in journals, magazines, or newspapers.
They list author, title, name of periodical, volume, pages and
date of publication. Abstracts are indexes that also contain article summaries. Most indexes and abstracts are
online, while some older ones are still available in print form in the Periodicals or Reference departments.
- Publications which are issued at least twice a year, including
journals, magazines and newspapers. Records for periodical titles
are listed in DPER or DNEW databases in the BMCC Library Catalog.
Many are available online through the Library Web site.
See also Serials.
- According to The American Heritage College Dictionary,
the definition of 'plagiarism' is "to use and pass off as one's
own (the ideas or writings of another)" and "to appropriate
for use as one's own passages or ideas from (another)."
- An original, first-hand account of an event or time period. See also Secondary Source.
- For BMCC it is an application to redirect a request received
from a remote library user to a particular Internet services,
such as a restricted database. In the process, the user's status
is being checked (authenticated) to ascertain that the user
is a legitimate member of the college. This process is referred
to as remote patron authentification.
Record - A collection
of related data, arranged in fields and treated as a unit. The
data for each article in a full-text e-journal database
makes up a record. The complete information for each item in
the BMCC Library Catalog is also a record.
Collection - A selection of electronic and
printed library materials used by reference librarians to help
people find information or to do research. Reference collections
contain many sources of information, such as encyclopedias,
dictionaries, almanacs, directories, or statistical compilations.
They may also have bibliographies, indexes, and abstracts. Printed
reference materials usually do not leave the library. Online
reference materials are available in the Library Web-site.
- An extension of the loan period for charged library materials.
Renewals may only be handled in person at the circulation desk.
Students registered for online courses may also renew a book
Collection - A collection of specific books,
periodical articles, videotapes, and other materials which faculty
have indicated that students must read or view for a particular
course. These materials are kept together behind the circulation
desk and circulate for a short period of time only. To locate
reserve materials, you may use the course reserve module in
the Library Catalog, or ask at the circulation or reference desk
for the reserve lists. Each library has its own reserve system.
- See Journal
- A program that searches documents for specified keywords and
returns a list of the documents where the keywords were found.
Although search engine is a generic term, often it is used to
describe systems like Alta Vista or Google that enable users
to search for documents on the World Wide Web.
- a book or essay that explains, analyses or is otherwise about another book, work,
or essay. Contrast with a Primary Source.
Headings - Words or phrases assigned to books
and articles and used to index these items by topic. Determining
the correct headings for a specific database or catalog is an
important part of effective research. See also Thesaurus.
- A list of all the subject headings or descriptors
used in a particular database, catalog, or index. The thesaurus
for the BMCC Library Catalog is called Library of Congress Subject
- Typing a special symbol at the end of a word to find
all possible endings of that word. If you wish to truncate a
word while searching the BMCC Library Catalog, use the question
mark (?); other databases may use the pound sign (#), the asterisk
(*), or another symbol. For example, k=FREUD? in CUNY+ will
find FREUD as well as FREUDIAN.
U - W
(Universal Resource Locator) - The address that
defines the route to a file on the Web or any other Internet
facility. The URL's are typed into the browser to access Web
pages, and can also be embedded within the pages themselves
to provide links to other pages.
Library - Information resources or information
services that are available over the Internet. At BMCC, the
Virtual Library site provides access to a large number of library
resources (indexes, journals, and reference materials, for example)
and online reference service via the campus computer network.
Students access these resources through a browser on a workstation
anywhere on campus or remotely from home.