COLWRIT 008: English As a Second Language

Library vocabulary

call number (let's try it)
A unique code on the spine of a book that tells you where the book is located on the shelves (like an address). 

A catalog contains records, with detailed descriptions and location information, of the materials in the library. UC Berkeley Library’s catalog is called OskiCat.

Circulation Desk
The area where you can check out, return, or renew library materials.

citation (image)
A brief description of a source (book, article, movie...) with specific publication details (such as title, journal, date, publisher, author, etc.)

Course Reserves
An area in the library where you can check-out items that your teacher has made available for your specific class. There may also be eReserves available for your class in bSpace.

Refers to a database or other electronic resource which provides the entire text of the works it contains (e.g., journal articles).


Journals usually contain scholarly articles written by professors, researchers, or experts in a subject area, and are published periodically (weekly, monthly).

An item checked out that the borrower has kept past its due date. A library will usually charge a fine for overdue items.

Published on a regular schedule (e.g., weekly or monthly), popular periodicals are called magazines and scholarly periodicals are called journals. Newspapers are also periodicals.

Reference Desk (image)
The place in the library where reference librarians and assistants give you directions, answer your questions, and show you how to find and use library materials.

stacks (image)
Areas of a library where books and periodicals are shelved.

Adapted from the University of Maryland's Library Lingo.

Last Update: December 05, 2012 10:14