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Accessing Electronic Resources: Glossary

Electronic resources: understanding terms and phrases

This page provides a glossary of the terms and phrases related to electronic resources that you may come across as you work with resources. This page is still in development; keep checking back for newly-added terms.


Authentication   Logging into a resource
BoltonUniLib   Our library Twitter feed. Follow for library news and tips for getting the most out of electronic resources
  Catalogue   A searchable, online database of the library's print collection, including links to ebooks where available. Use the catalogue to search for title, author or subject
  Database   A searchable collection of academic material. A database can be full text, or bibliographic details only
Discover@Bolton   Search across the full text of multiple databases using a single, online interface
Ebook   An online book. Ebooks are the same as printed books in terms of content; they are just presented in a different format
  E-journal   Another name for an electronic journal
E-journals portal   Our list of electronic journals. Search for title, ISSN or browse by subject. To search within these journals, use Discover@Bolton
  Electronic journal   A journal that is available online
Electronic resource   A resource such as a book, journal or database that is available online
  E-resource    Another name for an electronic resource
E-resources blog   Information on all kinds of electronic resources and online services that may be of interest, along with notifications of problems with resources (and resolutions!)
  Full-text database   A database that provides access to full-text, for example, articles or books. 
Journal   An academic publication of articles, sometimes known as a periodical, that can be available in print or electronic form
  Logging in   The process of accessing an electronic resource. Use your network ID and password when prompted
Off-campus   Any location that is not the University of Bolton main campus or Queen's. Off-campus could be your home, your place of work, or even overseas
  On-campus   The University of Bolton main campus, or Queen's
  OPAC   An alternative term for catalogue (Online Public Access Catalogue)
Password   Your network password. 
Periodical   A collection of academic articles, often known as a journal
  Reading Lists Online   Online reading lists including links to electronic resources where available
Resource   A broad term which might refer to a database, for example, or a journal, either print or online
RLO   See Reading Lists Online
  Subject Guides   Your one-stop shop for information relevant to your subject area, including links to your databases and downloadable help guides
  Username   Your network ID. If you are student, this will typically take the form of abc1xyz.
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