Take and use something belonging to someone else with the intention of returning it.
Example: ‘I would like to borrow this book from the library.’
Give, put, or send something back to a place or person. Example: ‘I finished reading my book, so I returned it to the library.’
Make available for a longer period of time.
Example: ‘I have not finished reading my library book. Please may I renew it for another three weeks?’
The act of keeping back, witholding or setting apart.
Example: ‘The book I want is on loan to someone else. Please can I reserve a copy?’
Sum of money exacted as a penalty.
Example: ‘My library book was overdue so I had to pay a fine.’
Retained longer than the period allowed.
Example: ‘I have kept my library book for longer than three weeks so now it is overdue.’
A table of contents lists the names of the chapters in a book and the page on which each chapter begins.
Example: ‘Contents pages can help you decide if a book is relevant to your research.’
Alphabetical list of names, places, subjects and their page numbers typically found at the end of a book.
Example: ‘I found information about the Vietnam War by looking in the index of a book on American history.’
The entire number of copies of a publication issued at one time or from a single set of type.
Example: ‘There is a new introduction by Jonathan Bate in this edition of King Lear.’
A short summary usually found on the back cover of a book. Example: ‘I decided to read The Knife of Never Letting Go because the blurb made it sound exciting.’
An alphabetical list of subject terms and their meanings usually found in the back of a book.
Example: ‘Use the glossary in that bird book to find out what an aviary is.’
An alphabetical list of all the items that form the background reading for a piece of work.
Example: ‘There were several articles I did not quote from in my essay so I listed them in my bibliography.’
Publications which are issued at regular intervals, such as journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Example: ‘Periodicals are a good source of current information about a subject.’
A list of all the books and resources in a library.
Example:‘The School Library catalogue, Eclipse.net, can be found in the list of favourites in Internet Explorer.’
Book commonly used to find brief facts or background information on a topic.
Example: ‘Most reference books may not be borrowed.’
A book, or set of books, containing articles on various topics, usually in alphabetical order, covering all branches of knowledge. Example: ‘An encyclopaedia is a good starting point for an overview of a subject.’
‘Plagiarism is a specific form of cheating and is generally defined as presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own.’ Pears, R. and Shields, G.(2010) Cite Them Right. 3rd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Example: ‘Copying and pasting someone else’s ideas into your essay is a form of plagiarism.’
Quotation from an authorative source used as corroboration. Example: ‘When you quote somebody you must give them credit by citing your source.’
A significant word indicating the main term, concept or subject in a document.
Example: ‘Choose keywords to represent the most important concepts of your topic before you start an online search.’
Referencing means acknowledging the sources of your information. ‘A reference tells your reader where the evidence for what you say has come from.’ Williams, K. and Carroll, J. (2009) Referencing and Understanding Plagiarism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Example: ‘Harvard Referencing is one of the many styles of referencing.’
Rapid reading of text in order to get a basic overall idea of the content.
Example: ‘Skimming the text helped me get a general idea of what the article was about.’
A reading technique for locating a specific fact or piece of information. Example: ‘I quickly scanned the list for the name of Shakespeare.’
A brief summary of the main points of an article or book. Example: ‘Abstracts help readers decide whether it is worth reading the whole book or journal article.’
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