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7-day Loan Collection

The 7-day Loan Collection are items in high demand. They are distinguished by a red spine label with the words 7-day Loan. These materials are available only to UTS students and staff.

A

Abstract

A summary of an article or paper, often appearing at the beginning of the paper. An abstract field may also be available in some indexes.

ADT

The Australasian Digital Theses Program is a project to create a national collaborative distributed database of digitised theses produced at Australasian universities. More information: Theses.

Aggregator

There are two meanings for this word:
1. A bibliographic service that provides online access to the digital full-text of periodicals published by different publishers.
2. You can use an aggregator that automatically downloads the latest updates from your selected RSS feeds to your desktop or web browser.

Almanac(s)

An almanac is an annual publication containing tabular information in a particular field or fields often arranged according to the calendar.

Alumni

Refers to students who have graduated from University. Members of UTS:Alumni may register for one of several types of Library services. More information: Borrow > Membership > Students > UTS Alumni.

Annotated bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited and provide a foundation for further research.

Annotation

Unlike an abstract, which is an objective description or summary of a work, an annotation is a critical or subjective evaluation of a piece of work, usually included in a bibliography or citation.

APA System

The American Psychological Association (APA) System of referencing uses the author-date method of citation. 

Archives

Valuable records of organisations and individuals that have been selected for indefinite retention on the basis of their continuing value for legal, administrative, financial or historical research purposes. Archives usually house materials of an historic nature.

Article

A piece of writing on a specific topic that forms an independent part of a periodical publication such as a journal, serial, magazine, or newspaper.

Ask a Librarian

The Ask a Librarian service provides various ways to contact us for assistance.

Audiovisual materials

Materials such as DVDs, videos, slides, CDs and tapes.

Authentication

A site that requires authentication needs to confirm that the user is authorised to enter. UTS staff and students should use the username and password of their activated UTS email account to confirm their identity.

Author

The person(s) or group responsible for the intellectual or artistic content of a work. The person who has written or created the published material ie book, book chapter, journal article, report, dissertation or webpage etc.

AXIS

AXIS is the University Library's newsletter published a few times a year.

B

Baya Ng'ara Nura

(Language of the Eora Nation) The Baya Ng'ara Nura* Learning Place is a welcoming space within the Library where Indigenous students can learn together and with other students. Baya Ng'ara Nura means Learning Place - in the language of the Eora Nation, these words mean Place, Read, Listen, Hear and Think.

Bibliography

A list of citations that usually appears at the end of a paper, article, book chapter, book, dissertation or report that have been consulted in the composition of the publication. See Reference Resources for further information. A bibliography can also be a book consisting entirely of citations usually in a specific subject area.

BONUS+

BONUS+ is a resource-sharing project that enables the lending of selected library material among the staff and students of participating universities.

Boolean operators

Boolean operators are specific words that help you to either narrow or broaden your search in Library Catalogues and databases. They are the words and, or and not, typed between your search terms.
AND requires all terms to appear in a search result. OR retrieves records with either term. NOT excludes terms. 

Boolean searching

A method of combining two or more search terms to increase or restrict the results.

Bulletin

The Bulletin is a monthly email providing regular updates on developments to Library services, resources and facilities.

C

Call Number

Libraries organise their collections by subject. These subjects are represented by letters and numbers or Call Numbers. Every item has a call number which indicates where the item is located in the Library. This number is based on the Dewey Decimal System.

Catalogue

A catalogue is a list of materials available in a particular collection, arranged in a systematic order. The UTS Library Catalogue lists all the materials held by the UTS Library including books, journals (including eJournals) and video recordings and can be accessed online.

Citation

Citations can also be called references and are listed in a bibliography or reference list usually found at the end of the publication. A citation normally includes author, title, place of publication, publisher and year, if the item is a book. If the item is an article, it includes author, title of the article, title of the periodical, volume number, page and date.

Citation Index

A bibliographic index that indicates how many times the work of one author has been referred to, or cited, by another author, and where. How many times a document is cited by other writers is an indication of its importance.

Citation Linker

Citation Linker enables a specific search request to be submitted directly to SFX. Citation Linker is a useful tool for checking on the availability of a particular citation or reference, but is not designed as a general search tool.

City Campus (Blake Library)

The City Campus Library is located at Corner Quay Street and Ultimo Road, Haymarket. More information: Campus Maps & Hours.

Client Services Charter

The Client Service Charter (PDF) outlines the University Library's services and standards.

Community Members

Students or staff of other universities, TAFE, high schools or other eligible members of the community. More information: Membership > Community

Copyright

Copyright is the legal protection given to an author's intellectual rights which protect them against unauthorised copying of their work. All UTS staff and students are obliged by law to comply with copyright legislation. More information: Copyright and UTS.

D

Database

An organised body of related information. Also see electronic database and index or the Library's Databases.

Descriptor(s)

Definitions assigned to database records to place them within categories.

Dewey Decimal Classification

Devised by Melvil Dewey in 1876 and probably the most widely used classification system in the world today. The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system is used by UTS Library to organise titles by subject area on the Library shelves. The system divides knowledge into ten main fields, in 000s-900s, which are further broken down in a hierarchy of increasing specificity. Each area of knowledge has its own number range. More information: Where is it?.

Digital Library

Collection of texts, images, sound recordings, pictures, video etc, encoded so that these resources can be stored, retrieved and made accessible over computer networks. 

Digital Resources Register

The Digital Resources Register (DRR) is a register of materials used for online teaching at UTS.

Digital Thesis - Theses

An electronic or digital version of a thesis that you can read online. More information: Theses.

Dissertation

Another definition for a thesis.

Document Delivery Service

A service that obtains items for students and staff from other libraries. These items can be supplied by a UTS Library other than your home campus. See InterCampus Document Delivery (ICDD) and InterLibrary Loans for items from other libraries external to UTS .

Due Date

This is the date the item you have on loan is due to be returned to the Library.

e

eBooks

An electronic or digital version of a book that you can read online.

eJournals

Electronic versions of printed journals that can be viewed online. eJournals can be accessed through the Library Catalogue.

ePrint

A digital version of a research document (usually a journal article, but could also be a thesis, conference paper, book chapter, or a book) that is accessible online, whether from a local Institutional, or a central (subject- or discipline-based) Digital Repository.

eReadings

A collection of online teaching resources including journal articles, book excerpts and lecture notes supplied by your lecturer. Access eReadings through the Library Catalogue and search by lecturer or subject.

E

Editor

The person responsible for preparing or assembling a work or collection of works or articles for publication. They are not considered to be the author.

Electronic Database

A comprehensive collection of information in electronic form and organised for quick retrieval. Also see database and index.

Electronic Resource

A publication in digital format which must be stored and read on a computer device

Endnote

A style of citing that places a number in the body of the text. This number refers to a citation listed at the end of the text. Also known as Vancouver style.

EndNote Software

EndNote is bibliographic management software designed to manage your citations/references. It allows you to store your citations/references in a 'library' and organise them into a reference list or bibliography in a specific referencing style.

Enquiries and Loans Desk

A desk where Library staff can provide you with information about the Library's resources and services and where you go to borrow library material such as books and videorecordings. There is an Enquiries and Loans Desk located in each campus Library.

Equitable access

Equitable access means that all individuals have similar capacity (with assistance when needed) and similar opportunity (with assistance when needed) to make use of necessary resources, services, or programs of similar quality, regardless of any barriers posed by social, geographical, ethnocultural/linguistic, gender or socioeconomic factors, or physical, intellectual, cognitive, emotional or other challenges.

F

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions - a common abbreviation on the Web.

Fields

Portion of a reference or unit record representing a specific item of information, such as the author, title etc.

Footnote

A style of citing that places a number in the body of the text. This number refers to a citation listed at the bottom of the page.

Free text

The use of natural language in information retrieval.

Full-text

The complete article or chapter is available online.

G

Gateway

Reference portal or starting point.

Glossary

An alphabetical list of terms in a particular domain of knowledge with the definitions for those terms.

Group Study Room

Group Study Rooms are provided at each campus for use by 3 or more UTS students. These may be booked online through Room Bookings. More information: Space > For Us

Guides

UTS:Lib Guides (also known as Study Guides) will give you a quick introduction to the best resources in a subject area. They list useful catalogue search strategies, journal databases, web directories and reference material.

H

Harvard style

Harvard is a system (the Author-Date system) of referencing. More information: Harvard UTS Referencing Guide.

Holdings

When speaking about a Library or a Collection in the UTS Library, the holdings refer to the total of all the material held.
When speaking about an individual publication, the copies owned by the Library, expressed as an issue number/date range and including the format (eg Time Australia Magazine: Vol 1 (1986) - v3 (1989) on microfiche; 1990 + hard copy).

I

Impact Factor

The measure of the frequency with which the 'average article' in a journal has been cited. The impact factor will help you evaluate a journal's relative importance, especially when you compare it to others in the same field. It is calculated by dividing the number of current citations to articles published in the two previous years by the total number of articles published in the two previous years.

Imprint

A note on a book's title page or its reverse or at the end of the book, giving the publisher's or printer's name, time and place of publication.

Index

Systematic guide to the contents of a file, document, or group of documents.
1. An alphabetical list at the end of a book or periodical which gives page references to where names and subjects can be found.
2. An alphabetical list of definitions (eg. Author, keyword) providing points of access to search a database. Also see Electronic database and Database.

Indigenous

Native to a place or area, originating in and characterising a particular region or country.

Information Literacy

The ability to define problems in definitions of information needs, to locate, evaluate, and apply information. More information: Information Literacy.

Information Services Librarians

Professional Library staff who help with your information needs.

Intellectual Property

Umbrella definition for original ideas of all sorts: inventions, literary and artistic works, images, designs, slogans, etc. Creators are protected from unauthorised use of their ideas by Copyright. Also see Copyright.

InterCampus Document Delivery

(ICDD) The Inter-campus Document Delivery (ICDD) service can supply material held at a UTS campus library other than your home library. ICDD items can be sent to, and collected from, your home library only. This service is available to UTS and Insearch staff and students only

InterLibrary Loans

InterLibrary Loans provides access to materials that cannot be found in a UTS Library and are not available via BONUS. At UTS, this service is currently limited to staff and students (excluding undergraduate students) for educational or research purposes.

International Cultural and News Centre (ICNC)

The ICNC is located on Level 4 of the City Campus Library, and is designed to help students keep up with overseas news and practise their language skills. More Information: Space >> For Me >> International Cultural and News Centre.

ISBN

International Standard Book Number: An internationally agreed on standard number that identifies a book uniquely.

ISSN

International Standard Serial Number: An internationally agreed on standard number that identifies a serial/journal publication (including electronic serials) uniquely.

J

Journal

Publication containing articles, usually multiauthored, which is published regularly as part of an ongoing series. Journals may also be called serials or periodicals. Also see Peer-reviewed journal.

Journal Databases

A collection of records, describing journal articles, that can be searched by computer. Online Library Catalogues and electronic journal indexes are all databases. More information: Databases select 'Journal Databases' then 'Find Resources'.

Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning

(Jumbunna IHL) Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning is an academic, research and support centre. Jumbunna IHL's role is to contribute to Australia's educational and social development by increasing UTS staff and students' awareness of Indigenous Australian cultures and associated issues. More information: Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning.

Justice of the Peace

(JP) A person appointed (or reappointed) to the Office of Justice of the Peace in and for the State of New South Wales. More information: Lawlink NSW: JPs Register

K

Keyword

A significant word in the title, abstract, or text of a document which is used as a search definition.

Kit

A multi-part item.

Kuring-gai Campus

The Kuring-gai Campus Library is located at Eton Rd, Lindfield, NSW, 2070. More information: Campus Maps & Hours.

Kuring-gai Campus (George Muir Library)

The Kuring-gai Campus (George Muir Library) is located at Eton Road, Lindfield. Also see City Campus (Blake Library). More information: Campus Maps & Hours.

L

Learning Commons

Area located on Level 2, City Campus (Blake Library), and Level 4, Kuring-gai Campus (George Muir Library), offering dynamic spaces designed to promote both group and individual learning activity. Facilities include computer workstations, power points, wireless access, and reference services. More information: Learning Commons.

LibQUAL+ Survey

Web-based library survey designed to track, understand, and act upon users' opinions of service quality. More information: You asked, we delivered.

Library Catalogue

The Library Catalogue is a systematic record of all the resources in a library. At UTS the Library Catalogue is online and searchable via a web browser.

Library of Congress subject headings

A set list (thesaurus) of subject headings maintained by the Library of Congress for use in Library Catalogue records.

Literature Review

A literature review is an essay or is part of the introduction to an essay, research report, or thesis. It provides an overview and critical analysis of relevant published scholarly articles, research reports, books, theses etc on the topic or issue to be investigated.

Literature Search

A systematic and exhaustive search for published material (whether in print or online) on a specific topic

M

Magazines

Publication containing popular articles. Also see Journal.

Manuscript

An unpublished printed or hand-written work.

MARC

Machine-Readable Cataloging: A system in which cataloging records are prepared in a format that enables the computer to recognise the elements and manipulate them for various purposes.

Membership

See the Membership section for the various membership categories that are available for Library access and borrowing privileges.

Microfiche

A sheet of film containing a number of microimages.

Microfilm

A length of film containing a number of microimages.

Microform

A generic definition for any medium bearing microimages, e.g. microfilm and microfiche.

Missing

Status given to Library items that cannot be found in the Library collection.

Monograph

A single written item, and usually used to mean a book.

MyLibrary

You can manage your borrowing record online at MyLibrary where all your borrowing information is gathered together. You can check when items you have borrowed are due for return, renew items, check any Hold Requests or Bookings you may have, modify your email address for Library notices, and more.

O

Off Campus Access

Access to Library resources from a site other than a UTS campus, e.g. from home or office. Requires you to login using your UTS webmail account username and password. More information: Regional & Remote Students.

On Loan

This means that the Library item has been borrowed by another person. A due date will show when the item is due back in the Library.

On Order

The item has been ordered from a supplier but has not yet been received by the Library.

Online Catalogue

see OPAC

Online Database

Database accessible by a network (generally the internet). At UTS, access to databases is provided by Library subscriptions.

Online Tutorials

Online tutorials are sets of examples and exercises available online and are designed to help you learn how to use library resources. More information: Study Skills.

OPAC

Online Public Access Catalogue - where information is stored on a server, which can be accessed via a remote definitioninal. Also see Library Catalogue. Or go to the Library Catalogue.

Overdue

A library item which is out on loan and has passed its due date. Once an item is overdue a fine will apply.

P

Patents

Patents are a set of exclusive rights granted for a fixed period of time to make, use or sell a process or invention. 

Peer Review

Peer review is a formal process whereby articles submitted to a journal or conference are sent to several established scholars in that field of study. These reviewers may suggest improvements before deciding if the article should be published or included in the conference.

Peer-reviewed journal

A journal containing articles that are reviewed and approved by experts in the same subject area as the author before they can be published. Similar definitions are 'refereed journal', 'scholarly journal' and 'academic journal'. Also see Journal.

Periodical

See Journal.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the taking, using, and passing off as your own, the ideas or words of another. This is the case even when you cite the source in the body of your text or in your references, or both. More information: Study Skills > Plagiarism & Ethics.

Plate

A leaf containing illustrative matter, with or without explanatory text, that does not form part of either the preliminary or the main sequences of pages or leaves.

Preprint

A print (usually electronic) of an article not yet published. This allows authors to quickly circulate current results to their scholarly community for feedback.

Publisher

A company or person that makes publications available.

Q

Quarterly

A journal or magazine that is published four times a year, usually every three months.

R

Rare Books

The UTS Library Rare Book Collection consists of individual items of relevance to the University's teaching and research interests and a small number of thematic collections. Particularly noteworthy is the Children's Literature Collection held at Kuring-gai Campus Library. More information: Rare Books Policy.

Recall(s)

A Recall is when another borrower places a Request on an item that you have out on loan. When this happens, a recall notice will be sent to you by email, with a new ?due by date? by which the item must be returned to the Library. Recalls allow for flexible and fair sharing of our resources. More information: Requests, Recalls & Returns

Reciprocal borrower

UTS staff and students can borrow in person from other libraries where UTS has a reciprocal borrowing agreement. More information: Membership at other libraries.

Refereed

Refereed Journal

Reference (citation)

See Citation.

Reference Collection

In the UTS Reference Collections you will find 'reference' books such as dictionaries, encyclopaedias, directories, atlases and handbooks. These books cannot be borrowed. The Reference Collection holds specialised publications which are usually consulted for brief facts or as an entry point to other literature.

Reference List

A list of books, journal articles, websites etc that appears at the end of an assignment or publication and gives the full details of the sources of information that have been 'cited' or referred to in the content.

Reference Service

Providing answers to users' questions, in person or by telephone or computer.

Reference(s)

Bibliographical description of a book or periodical article sufficient to identify and find the item. Also see Citation.

Referencing

Referencing, or citing, is the practice of acknowledging sources of information and ideas used in an assignment or publication. There are various styles of referencing, e.g. Harvard, APA. More information: Referencing.

RefWorks

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software designed to store your references and create a bibliography in the Harvard (UTS) or APA 5th reference style. You can type your references into RefWorks, import references directly from the UTS Library catalogue or export journal references from most of our journal databases.

Renew

To extend the loan period of an item that you have borrowed. You can renew items using MyLibrary.

Reprint

1. A new printing of an item made from the original type image, commonly by photographic methods. The reprint may reproduce the original exactly, or it may contain minor but well-defined variations.
2. A new printing with substantially unchanged text.

Request(s)

A Request is a reservation that you place on an item that is on loan to another borrower or available at another campus. You can request books from the General and 7-day loan collections. More Information: Requests, Recalls & Returns

Research Help Desk

The Research Help Desk provides assistance with finding books, using databases to find journal articles and help with assignments and research. 

Reserve Collection

The Reserve Collection is a collection of high-demand materials placed there by UTS lecturers to ensure equitable access to their students. Items in this collection are either available from the Reserve, at the Enquiries and Loans Desk, or as eReadings.

Returns

The due date for returning your loans is printed on the loans slip presented to you when you borrowed the items. After this date, the item becomes overdue and a fine will apply. You can view your own library record at MyLibrary, this will show you what items you have on loan and when they are due back. More information: Requests, Recalls & Returns.

Rovers

The team of Rovers provide point-of-need assistance to students throughout the Library. They can assist with logging on to computers, activating email, IT troubleshooting, passwords and printing, searching the Library catalogue, navigating the Library website, directions within the Library, locating material on the shelves etc.
Rovers are current UTS students, easily identified by their bright orange 'Ask@Library' t-shirts. 

RSS Feeds

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is a family of Web feed formats used to publish content which is updated frequently.
An RSS document, also known as a "feed," "web feed," or "channel," contains a title, some descriptive content, and a URL that links back to the original content or website for more information. More Information: RSS Feeds

S

Scholarly Journal

Scholars' Centre

A dedicated centre in the Library for UTS postgraduate research students and staff providing easy access to the full-range of Library services and resources and a quiet study environment conducive to the research process. More information: Scholars' Centre.

Selected full text

Some databases do not contain the entire text for every article from an online journal. Only some articles are complete.

Self service loans machines

Machines that enable you to borrow items quickly by scanning the barcode on your UTS ID card and the barcode on the item to be borrowed. Books and books with accompanying CDs/DVDs may be checked out in this way but other items should be taken to the Loans desk to be checked out. 

Serial

See Journal.

Series

A group of separate items related to one another by the fact that each item bears, in addition to its own title proper, a collective title applying to the group as a whole. The individual items may or may not be numbered.

SFX

SFX stands for "special effects". It is a piece of software that searches for full text access to articles. If you find an article that is not available in full text, you can click on the SFX symbol and it will try to locate another database containing the full text of the article. More information: Citation Linker.

Sorting Shelves

Recently returned items are placed on red sorting shelves before they are shelved at their permanent location. Check these shelves if you can't find an item that the catalogue shows should be for loan.

Special Collections

As well as the major collections there are Special Collections which may reflect particular subject areas.

Special Needs

UTS Library aims to provide the assistance needed by students and staff with either a temporary or permanent disability to ensure equitable access to Library resources and support in developing independent research skills. More information: Special Needs

Statement of Reconciliation

The UTS Statement of Reconciliation is to reassert an ongoing commitment by the University to provide educational opportunities in the higher education sector for Indigenous people and, through research and education, the restoration of their histories and knowledge systems.

Student Satisfaction Survey

UTS Student Satisfaction Survey collects student feedback on overall performance of the University's services and learning environment. (Sample based).

Study Skills

Study Skills comprises a collection of online self-learning modules designed to enhance students' skills in research, referencing, plagiarism & ethics, presentations, graphic tools, writing and reading, social media, group work, project management, career development, managing stress and time management.

Subject Heading

A word or phrase assigned to an item that describes the contents of material. UTS Library uses Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).

Subject Readers

Subject Readers are also referred to as Course Notes or Course Readers. These are made available to UTS students to use in the Library or borrow for 7 days. More Information: My Subject Resources

Subject Resources

You can search the Catalogue for a variety of subject resources (eg closed reserve, eReadings, exam papers), using a single search carried out by subject number or name. More Information: My Subject Resources

SuperSearch

SuperSearch is an online search facility (gateway) which allows you to search across the Library's information resources.

T

Talk It Up! Markets Forum

Public seminars organised by and held in the City Campus Library throughout the year. More information: Talk it up! Markets Forum.

Thesaurus

A group or classification or synonyms or a list of descriptors (subject headings). Often publishers of periodical indexes/abstracts or other databases produce a thesaurus or list of preferred or 'controlled' subject headings.

Thesis

A thesis, also sometimes called a dissertation, is a lengthy research work written to test a theory or proposition. The plural of thesis is theses. More information: Theses

Truncation

Truncation is the shortening of a search definition that allows you to search the "root" form of a word with all its different endings.
Also see wildcard symbol.

U

UTSePress

UTSePress is the Library's electronic publishing tool that allows for the publication of peer reviewed scholarly literature.

V

Virtual Library

See digital library.

Volume

A part of a journal or book series. Volume numbers of journals usually increase each year and each volume may have several numbered 'issues' in a year.

W

Wildcard symbol

The wildcard symbol is a character that can be used to replace any single character, either within a word or at the end of a word when you are searching databases. This is used if you are not sure of the exact spelling or wish to widen your search criteria.

Wireless access

A method of connecting to the Internet without wires or cables. More information: UTS Wireless.

Y

Year in Review

Year in Review is an annual publication containing an overview of the Library's Achievements for the year.