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A brief description of an article.

A username and password that allows you to search and view e-books and databases from home and abroad.

Adobe Acrobat Reader
A free programme for viewing PDF files. Your computer must have this to read some e books or articles in PDF.

Notification via email to tell you about new publications added to the catalogue. The Library communicates information to you via email. You can also set up alerts to run automatically and send you results. Available in UEL catalogues and online databases and journals

A piece of writing about a particular subject, usually written by an expert.

A help service for library users enabling you to email or talk to a librarian online.

Automatic Renewals
The service where we automatically renew your books each week, as long as another borrower has not requested them.

Book Trolley
You can return your books using our self-service machines. You are asked to place the returned items on the trolley beside the machines for collection by library staff.

Boolean operator
Boolean operators are used to construct searches in a database. There are many operators but the main ones are AND, OR and NOT. AND is used to combine keywords together. OR is used to expand searches. NOT is used to eliminate words from the search.

An online, searchable resource containing all items held in the Library and how to access them.

An acknowledgement for a piece of work, including author, title, source and date, that you have used in your work.

Cited article
An article which has been referenced in another article or publication.

Cited author
An author, whose article has been referenced by another author in a publication.

Cite them right
A book of referencing tips and advice adopted by the University as a standard available on the library catalogue and UEL plus.

A legal protection, for authors of original works. This places a number of restrictions on how people can use works by other authors. For example, you may only photocopy a single chapter, or the equivalent of 5%, of a book.

Corporate author
An institution such as UEL can be considered a corporate author if it has written a book or report.

A collection of electronic journals available online via the library website there are different databases for different subjects.

Digital Object Identifier
A numbered tag used to identify individual digital online sources, such as journal articles and conference papers.

European Computer Driving Licence: a practical training programme for anyone who wants to become competent in the use of a computer and of common computer applications.

Electronic journal or e-journal 
A collection of subject-related articles viewed online.

Electronic book or e-book 
A book that can be read online via the library catalogue has no difference in content to the printed version

Software which allows researchers, staff and students to search online bibliographic databases, organise references and images, and create bibliographies instantly.

The British Library’s online database of theses from UK universities.

The fee you will be charged if you do not return an item to the Library that has been reserved by another borrower within the borrowing time allowed. Current charges are displayed on the library web site.

Full text
The entire content of a book, article or video. Most of our online databases will have full text articles and a few will only have the abstract.

If a book you want is on loan to another library user, you can reserve it for yourself or place it ‘on hold’ for when it comes back.
Inter-library loan (ILL)
A special loan of a book or article from the British Library where UEL does not hold a copy for you to borrow or view. Check our website for details of entitlement to this service.

To take home an item from the library for a set period.

A collection of articles on an academic subject.
A search term relevant to your topic used when searching the databases.
To borrow an item from the Library.

The place where the item is found within the Library, usually expressed in the form of a shelf mark, e.g. 302.35 ROL.

UEL’s virtual learning environment (VLE) where you can access information about your modules, find learning resources and keep in touch with your lecturers.

My Account
The My Account tab in the library catalogue shows you a record of your use of the Library including a list of items you have on loan, items you have reserved and other transactions. You can log in and check your account online at any time.

Not for loan
This describes an item that cannot be borrowed from the Library, only used within it.
When you take out a book or other item you will be given a date for its return. If the item has been reserved by another borrower and you keep the item after that date, it becomes ‘overdue’.
Presenting someone else’s words or ideas as your own. This is taken very seriously at UEL. To avoid plagiarism you must reference every source you use when researching your assignments.

The brand name of the UEL library catalogue.

A query is a word or phrase you specify in a search on the UEL catalogue. You can save queries to use at a later stage and build your own personal library of useful search terms. This saves you time as you do not need to input the same search queries again and again.
Reading list
A list usually found within a module guide, containing all core and recommended books, articles and other information resources.

Detailed information on the sources you have consulted when researching for your assignment, e.g. author, title, publication date for a book. More information can be found in the Referencing information section.

Reference list
A detailed list of all the sources you have consulted during your research – books, journals, web sites, conference papers etc. The list must be arranged according to a particular system – at UEL we use the Harvard system which is explained in the Cite Them Right book and online.

Reference only
The same as ‘not for loan’, so the item cannot be issued or leave the library.

To extend the loan time of a library item so you have it for longer.

To reserve an item that is currently on loan to another library user.

If you have asked for a book to be kept for you when it is returned, using the library catalogue, it is ‘reserved’ and we call the item a ‘reservation’.

A national scheme which enables university staff and students to use other academic libraries in the UK. For more details see the SCONUL Access page.

Skillzone staff based in the Docklands Library provide training and support with a range of study skills. See their website at

Self-issue machines
A machine in the library which you can use to issue, renew, and return your library books, as well as pay any fine you might incur.

Short loan
An item that is heavily used so has to be requested from the library counter. It may only be borrowed for a few hours and cannot leave the library.

Subject Librarian
A subject specialist assigned to each School at UEL in order to assist with library skills training, research queries and buying stock.

Subject pages
A specific page on the library website for each subject taught at UEL, detailing the best resources to use as well as useful websites.

Software which helps you avoid plagiarism by checking the words in your assignment drafts for matching text in web pages and other students' work. This helps you make sure you have referenced everything that has come from other information sources.
UEL Direct
The university's student portal.

Under due
A reminder that you have items which are due for return to the Library soon. You will get this message by text if you have given the library your mobile number.