Glossary of Research Terms
Abstract - An abstract is a summary which describes the original work. It may be very brief, or go into some detail. It is not the full text.
Bibliographic or citation database - In its print form, it might be called a bibliographic or citation index. In either case, this type of database or index tells where (in what source) the whole article or item can be found. It might also contain abstracts.
Full Text - The whole article from a magazine or newspaper, or other source.
Hard Copy - A hard copy is an item you can hold in your hand; when you're viewing an article on the screen, it's an electronic copy. When you print it, you have a hard copy.
Document Format) - A means of delivering images of articles to a computer
screen. It requires "reader" software installed
on the computer. The most popular reader software is Adobe Acrobat Reader. Adobe Acrobat Reader is
already installed on all the computers in the library. When you click
on a PDF document, Acrobat should automatically launch and open the document.
If it doesn't, ask one of the librarians for help. If you need to install
Acrobat Reader on your computer at home, you can do so from the Adobe