Dissertation Dictionary

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A short length of horizontal rule used for punctuation, to separate text, and for decorative effect.

Most databases used in libraries are catalogs, periodical indexes, abstracting services, and full-text reference resources leased annually under licensing agreements that limit access to registered borrowers and library staff.

Abbreviated A computer application designed to control the storage, retrieval, security, integrity, and reporting of data in the form of uniform records organized in a large searchable file called a database.

Early examples are valued by collectors because each is unique, not having been made from a negative.

For other examples, see the online exhibitions An item returned to the library in such poor condition that it cannot be placed back on the shelf for circulation, for example, a water-soaked or pet-chewed book.

Synonymous with The cylinder that exerts pressure in mechanized papermaking, smoothing the surface and creating designs such as the watermark, countermark, and the lines characteristic of laid and wove paper (see this example).

A literary award presented annually since 1974 by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), to the most outstanding reference work published during the preceding calendar year.

Facts, figures, or instructions presented in a form that can be comprehended, interpreted, and communicated by a human being or processed by a computer. A large, regularly updated file of digitized information (bibliographic records, abstracts, full-text documents, directory entries, images, statistics, etc.) related to a specific subject or field, consisting of records of uniform format organized for ease and speed of search and retrieval and managed with the aid of database management system (DBMS) software.

Content is created by the database producer (for example, the American Psychological Association), which usually publishes a print version (), usually on CD-ROM or online via the Internet, using proprietary search software.

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