Library Terms Glossary
An abstract provides a brief, objective statement on the content of an academic work (book, article, patent, dissertation, etc.) and usually appears at the beginning of that work. An abstract presents key content of the work in the same order as the work itself. It has no independent literary value. The use and structure of abstracts varies by discipline.
Bibliographic Management Services
This division of the Mansfield Library is concerned with the acquisition, organization, cataloging, physical processing, and maintenance of library collections, as opposed to the delivery of public services. In many other libraries, this department is known as "technical services".
A call number is a unique number and/or letter code physically affixed to an item in a library collection. Usually a call number is found on the lower spine of a book or CD, for example. The item's bibliographic record in OneSearch will also list the call number. A call number, in addition to identifying a library's unique copy of an item, also communicates an item's place on library shelves and its relative subject matter.
A call number's organization is determined by the classification system used by the library owning the item. Popular classification types are Library of Congress Classification (LCC) and Dewey Decimal Classification (DCC). The Mansfield Library uses Dewey Decimal Classification. Because we are federal depository library, we also use "SuDocs" numbers to classify U.S. federal government documents. Our catalogers in Bibliographic Management Services assign call numbers to items in the Mansfield Library.
"The process of checking books and other materials in and out of a library. Also refers to the total number of items checked out by library borrowers over a designated period of time and to the number of times a given item is checked out during a fixed period of time, usually one year." (Reitz) The Mansfield Library's circulation desk is located on the main floor right in front of the main doors. It is a part of our Information Center along with the reference desk, technology support, and interlibrary loan.
Course reserve materials are given a shorter loan period (one-hour, three-hour, overnight, three-day, etc.) for a limited period of time (usually one term or semester) at the request of the instructor, to ensure that all the students enrolled in a course have an opportunity to use them.
OneSearch is the search engine for most* library resources at the University of Montana libraries including academic journals, books, ebooks, DVDs, CDs, newspapers, and more. Use OneSearch from the library homepage.
*Some of our databases, for example, SciFinder, are not indexed in OneSearch and to find those resources you will have to search them from within the individual database. Please contact us for more information about using databases.
For more information about how OneSearch works, navigate to our OneSearch Tips page.
When you have a question about how to find specific information or how to use library services and resources, assistance can be obtained by contacting the reference desk. The reference desk is a part of the Information Center along with the circulation desk, technology support, and interlibrary loan. You can visit us in person at the Mansfield Library, call us at 406-243-6866, or connect with us through our chat service found on the homepage. Please see our Contact Us page for more information.