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Library Glossary: R-S

A guide to Library words and phrases

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Recall

The process by which the Library asks you to return a book that you have borrowed before its due date, because another borrower has reserved it.

Reading Lists Online

An electronic version of your module's reading list giving instant access to the library catalogue, e-books, electronic journal articles, databases and websites. Available via your modules Moodle site or here, just enter your module details

Reference

To provide a brief description of a document you have used to inform your arguments in a university assignment. Find details of how to cite and reference here

Reference only / QK Ref (Quick Reference)

Describes an item that you may use in the library but may not take out. May be shelved in a separate location to the main stock.

Renew

To extend the loan period of an item. You can renew any item that has not been reserved by another borrower, except for High Demand and day loan items.

Reserve

To stop an item that is on loan to another borrower being renewed - you will join a queue for the item if others have also reserved it. You can also reserve items that are available on the shelf at one site to be delivered to another for collection.

Resmap

tool we have created to help postgraduate and doctoral researchers map their research journey.

Return

To bring back an item you have borrowed from the library.

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SCONUL Access

A reciprocal borrowing scheme which allows students to use other University libraries that are members of the scheme. To apply for access, please complete the online form.

Self-service machine

Self-service machines are available at all of our sites for the issue, renewal and return of library materials. Some machines also accept fine payments. There is a separate machine for returning non-High Demand Collection items at Curzon Library.

Serial (also called: journal or periodical)

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.

Shelf mark (also known as class mark)

The arrangement of books in the library. Books are arranged in number order (Dewey Decimal system) reflecting the subject, for example, Cookery Skills are marked 641.5. You will find the shelf mark on the catalogue entry and on the spine of each book.

Sortation

At Curzon Library we have an automatic sortation machine for returned items. Please post your returns through the machine directly opposite the ground floor entrance.

Stack

Older, less well used books kept at Kenrick Library. You can obtain these either by going to Kenrick Library or reserving them through the catalogue. 

Study rooms

Individual or group study rooms that can be booked online for Curzon and Kenrick Libraries, or by asking at the Help Desk at Mary Seacole Library. 

Summon

Our library search engine. This will search our book stock, journals holdings and many of our online databases.

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