UA University Libraries

Library Terms

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  • Serial
  • A library term for periodicals: items which are published regularly, such as magazines, journals, newspapers, yearbooks, etc. See also Periodical / Magazine
  • Source
  • A general term used for library material that provides information. Primary source: An original, fundamental and authoritative document pertaining to an event or subject of inquiry; a firsthand or eyewitness account of an event. Secondary sources: A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them.
  • Stacks
  • The shelving units where library collections are stored.
  • Subject Heading
  • A term or phrase used in indexes and library catalogs to group together materials on the same topic.
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