Information and Library science Glossary

Glossary of some terms used in Libraries and in reference to Library Information Science and the storage and organization of Information:


A publication issued on a regular basis, which contains research published as articles, papers, reports, or technical specifications.


Handwritten or unpublished documents such as letters, draft copies of books, notes or correspondance.


Term used in libraries to describe media that is not printed, such as Video or Music media.

Periodical or Serial

Publications issued regularly such as magazines, newspapers or journals (serials are intended to continue being produced indefinately).


International Standard Book Number. The ISBN is a unique machine-readable identification number, which marks any book unmistakably. First implemented in the UK in 1967, the ISBN is now used in 159 countries and territories.

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