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Library Glossary: H-J

A guide to Library words and phrases

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Harvard

The most commonly used form of Referencing system used by most Schools in the University. Click here for more details.

Help Desk

Library staff are available to answer your queries at the Help Desk at each of our libraries. Staffed hours vary, please refer to the opening hours.

High Demand Collection

On the ground floor of Curzon Library there is a special collection of key textbooks which can only be borrowed for four hours so as many students as possible can see them. In Curzon Library you also collect your reservations from the High Demand Collection.

Humanities Referencing 

The style of referencing and citation used by the School of English. Click here for more details

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I

iCity

The University's online portal for staff and students. To access library resources online, start with the red library tile on iCity.

ID Card

Your University ID card, which also acts as your library card and enables you to log into the printers. You must carry this with you at all times.

Inter-library loan (also referred to as ILL)

A service which enables users to borrow books and get copies of journal articles from other libraries if they are not held by Birmingham City University. Details here

Inter-site loan

Requesting an item from one of our campus libraries to be delivered to another campus library for you to collect.

Information Literacy

Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it. The Learning and Teaching team of Librarians can help you to improve your information literacy through their delivery of group presentations and demonstrations, and individual tutorials. Details are on your subject Libguide

Issue (verb)

To borrow an item from the library for a specified period of time.

Issue (noun)

One of a series of a regular publication, usually a newspaper or journal.

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Journal (also called periodical or serial)

A magazine like publication that is published at regular intervals. Each individual issue (or part) of a journal contains several journal articles, written by different authors on a specialised topic.

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