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Glossary of Library Terms: Is Library Language Different?

Bilingual Glossary of library terms with definitions. For Librarians helping Spanish speakers or for Spanish speakers learning English. Glosario bilingüe de términos bibliográficos con definiciones.

Why Do I Need a Library Glossary of Terms?

Is Library Language Different?

Your instructor said you need at least three articles from a periodical, but what's a periodical? And what is the difference between a dictionary and a thesaurus?

Like any workplace, the library has its own language or jargon, and odds are - if you use the library, you may run into a term with which you are not familiar. If you are in the library, ask a librarian, we will be happy to let you know what all the fuss it about.

But if you can't make it to the library and you see a term on an assignment or a library resource that you don't recognize, you can use this guide for a quick reference.

If you don't find what you are looking for in this guide, use the Get Help! tab to contact a librarian for more assistance.

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Elgin Campus Library
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Austin Community College
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Elgin, TX 78621

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