Understanding Library terminology: Part III

Lorna and Francesca team up to tackle more of those mysterious phrases that you aren’t quite sure of…By Francesca Green and Lorna Khemraz

Endnote Online

Endnote is one of those words which I had seen being thrown around a lot but never took the time to find out what it was all about until recently. My brain did not even attempt to ascribe a meaning to this term because common sense advised me not to be so adventurous as to assume an inspirational meaning, convinced that I would never have to use it anyway. The truth is, I wish I had found out about Endnote Online long ago because it is a little jewel of technology which makes life so much easier when it comes to research, writing and referencing!

Endnote Online is actually a software designed to help with the organisation of references and the automatic formatting of citations, references and bibliographies in word. The Library website, provides a wealth of tools to help you get started with Endnote including workshops and tutorials. You even get to use the enhanced version of Endnote Online for as long as you are a student at Warwick.

 Serials.. they’re grrrreat!!

What are serials? If you ignored the spelling and the fact that this article was on Library jargon, most of us would immediately think of Cornflakes (by the way, am I the only one who thinks cereal tastes better at night?)

Serials are actually publications which are published periodically, for example twice monthly, monthly, or quarterly. Serials can include newspapers, magazines, trade journals, and academic journals. The Library subscribes to a large number of serials across a broad range of topics and disciplines. You can search for them by entering the titles into Library Search and identifying if the Library subscribes to them, either in print, or electronically, and over a specific period of time.


As ASL’s (confused? Check out Library Jargon: Part II) we often talk about the databases the Library subscribes to and how they are great resources to help you with your research.

Your immediate thought of a database might be something that stores a lot of numbers, such as Microsoft Access (that programme you find next to Excel that no one ever uses).  This is correct, but in Library terms we are talking about something slightly different.

Each database the Library subscribes to (pays for) grants you access to a vast array of information and materials. You need to access these databases from the databases tab within Library Search. When you access any database you will be prompted to log in with your IT username and password.

Databases contain a collection of articles/newspapers/data/statistics/images and so on. Databases will often contain one specific type of information and be tailored or relevant to a particular discipline. On the databases page you will see that we have grouped the databases by subject to make it as easy for you to locate the most appropriate database for your needs.

Check out ‘How databases can transform your assignments‘ to learn more about databases.

Image: A Little Bit of Neon Love/Thomas Hawk/ CC BY-NC 2.0

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