Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

COMP 100: Composition (Most Instructors): Definitions


COMP 100: Composition

All Instructors

Research Resources, Milne Library, SUNY College at Oneonta

Definitions (Based upon Carla List’s An Introduction to Information Research)

Internet: Network of computer networks throughout the world

World Wide Web: Hypertext linking of information on the Internet

Access Tool: Reference sources that lead to materials in which the information needed can be found, for example, databases, indexes, and catalogs

Database: Organized collection of information in electronic form, often used to refer to a computerized index (systematic guide to the contents of an information source, particularly periodicals), which often includes the full text of cited items. Libraries subscribe to databases in much the same way that they subscribe to journals, and often limit access to their users. A database is a type of access tool and might be referred to as a subscription or fee-based database in contrast to a free database or a web site

Record: Entry in an access tool that provides the information needed to identify a source

Access Point: Particular way of looking up information in an access tool, for example, author, title, subject

Field: Part of a record used for specific information about the source, for example, author, title, and subject. Fields allow users to find sources of information by using specific access points, such as author, title, or subject, in searching access tools.

Keyword search: Provides results based upon simple match between search term and word(s) appearing anywhere in the record for an information source

Subject search: Provides results based upon a match between the search term and the subject(s)/descriptor(s) assigned to a particular information source

Citation: Entry composed of elements needed to locate a source of information, and sometimes referred to as bibliographic citation

Periodical: Publication that appears on a regular basis, of which newspapers, magazines, and journals are types

Journal: (refereed/peer reviewed): Periodical that contains scholarly information or reports of research. When articles submitted for publication are read by other experts in the field, a journal is labeled as refereed or peer-reviewed

Magazine: Periodical intended for general readership

Search Engine/Subject Directory: Search mechanisms for locating information on the World Wide Web with the former providing results based on computer-matched terms and the latter providing results based upon the human assignment of subject terms to web sites

Style Manual: Guide to formatting citations of external sources in both the text and in the bibliography of a paper

Except where otherwise noted, SUNY Oneonta Library Guides are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 International License. Not sure how to cite us? Try these best practices.