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Library Terms

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  • Database
  • An organized collection of records containing data (citations, statistics, text, etc.) stored in an electronic format that can be searched and retrieved online. The library catalog and many online periodical indexes are examples of databases.
  • Dewey Decimal Classification system
  • A call number system used to classify and organize material in libraries. This system divides knowledge into ten main classes, with further subdivisions, accompanied by decimal notations. The juvenile collections in Bierce Library are organized by the Dewey Decimal System.
  • Dictionary
  • A source which provides word or term definitions and correct grammatical usage. Dictionaries may be either general or subject specific.
  • Directory
  • A list of persons, organizations, or web sites separated into categories or topical areas.
  • Dissertations
  • A long piece of writing about a particular subject that is done to earn an advanced degree at a university.
  • Download
  • (1) To transfer information from a computer to a computer disk; (2) To transfer information from one computer to another computer.
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