• FYE 1001 - First-Year Experience: Start Here

    Resources for new students. Welcome to Lindsey!


    Welcome to Lindsey Wilson College!  We know that it can be difficult, confusing, overwhelming, and bit intimidating being a first-time college student, or even a new student at a new college.  We at the Katie Murrell Library are committed to helping you however we can.  We made this Research Guide as a central hub for all of the information about our library services and resources that you will need to have a successful first year!

    If you have any questions or just want to talk, please stop by the library to connect with any of our staff members.

    For more information on the First-Year Experience program at Lindsey, please visit this webpage.

    How is the college library different than other libraries?

    Most people are familiar with their school libraries and/or public libraries back home.  They are seen as community hubs, places to hang out, or take a fun class taught by a community member.  Your college library is basically the same with a few differences.

    • We, not only support coursework like school libraries, but also any research interest of college faculty and instructors, which either relates or is unrelated to their course offerings.
    • We have a computer lab to use and laptops available to check out.
    • We subscribe to scholarly journals and other electronic databases, which are digitally available here.
    • We have lots of places where you can find help either in-person or online.
    • We are open late at night and on weekends!

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    Library Lingo

    Adapted from the University of Toledo University Libraries First Year Experience LibGuide (with permission).

    As you start your college career, you'll soon learn that the university seems to have its own language - terms and concepts that you might have never heard, or are unsure of their meaning. The library is no different, so we at the University Libraries have assembled the following list to help you:

    A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z


    abstract: a brief summary of the points in an article.

    article:  a brief work on a topic, usually published as part of a journal, magazine, or newspaper.

    author:  the person(s) or organization(s) that wrote or compiled a document.


    boolean logic: using the words "and" "or" or "not" to help search the databases


    call number: A combination of numbers and letters that provide a unique description of each item in a library collection. Items are arranged on the bookshelves by call number, so the call number is like an “address” for the book.

    catalog:  a database listing and describing the books, audiovisual and other materials held by a library. 

    circulation desk: location in the library where you check out, return or renew items, ask about missing items, or inquire about fines. This is also where our reserve materials are.

    citation: a reference or footnote to an item (such as a book or periodical article), which contains the author, title, date of publication, and any other information needed to locate the item.

    course reserves: materials that instructors set aside for the students in a class to read. These items may be borrowed for a short period and may not leave the library.


    database: a comprehensive collection of related data organized for convenient access, generally in a computer


    full text: a complete electronic copy of a resource viewed on a computer or mobile device


    interlibrary loan (ILL): exchange of books or periodical articles between libraries for a brief period.

    ISBN (International Standard Book Number): a thirteen-character code given a book so that it can be identified, assigned by the International ISBN Agency upon publication.


    journal: a type of periodical which contains signed scholarly articles. Journals are usually published by academic or association presses and include bibliographies.


    keyword: a word that is important and relevant to your topic which you use to search the catalog or database for materials


    loan period: the length of time library materials may be borrowed.  Loan periods may differ depending on the type of material or status of the borrower.

    Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH): the list of accepted subject headings used in the library's catalogs. Other libraries (such as Mulford) or collections (such as Government Docs) may use other subject headings.


    magazine:  a publication containing popular articles and written in a non-technical style.


    peer-review process: the method used by scholarly journals to assure the quality and relevance of the articles they publish.

    peer-reviewed article: a scholarly article published in a peer-reviewed journal.

    peer-reviewed journal: also called a "refereed" journal. A scholarly journal that used the peer review process to select material for publication.

    periodical: materials published at regular intervals (at least 3 times a year) and intended to be continued indefinitely. Examples of periodicals include magazines, journals, and newsletters.

    primary sources: a primary source is an object which was written or created during the time under study and which offer an inside view of a particular event. 


    reference desk: location in each library where you can get help in using the library and receive answers to your questions.

    reference librarians: reference librarians are specialists in the field of information retrieval. They can help you find things!

    reserve materials: a selection of specific books, periodical articles and other materials which faculty have indicated that students must read for a particular course.


    secondary sources: books or articles that explain or analyze primary sources. For example, criticism of a literary work.

    style manual or style guide: a publication describes the rules for composition, including format and manner of citing sources. There are many different style guides, but the most popular are APA and MLA.

    subject heading: subject headings are a vocabulary created to take the guesswork out of searching by using a single term to describe a subject.


    thesis: (1) the main idea or argument of a paper. (2) a document prepared as a condition for the award of a degree or diploma.

    truncation: use in database searching, the addition of a special symbol (*, #, ?, etc.) to the root of a word to match any record in a database that begins with the letters to the left of the symbol.