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Library Terms

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  • ILLiad
  • This is the name of the University Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan (ILL) software. See also Interlibrary Loan.
  • Index
  • (1) An alphabetized list of names or topics usually found at the end of a publication, which directs you to the pages where the people/places or topics are discussed. (2) A printed or electronic publication that lists references to periodical articles or books by subject and/or author (e.g.: Periodical Index).
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • (ILL) the process through which a library borrows material from another library or organization. If the item that you are looking for is not owned by University Libraries and OhioLINK, and if you are a current faculty, staff or student at the University of Akron, you may request the item via Interlibrary Loan for free.
  • Internet
  • The name for a group of worldwide information resources connected together by a computer network.
  • ISBN
  • It stands for the “International Standard Book Number” given to every book or edition of a book to identify the publisher, title, edition, and volume.
  • ISSN
  • It stands for the “International Standard Serial Number” given to identify serial publications.
  • Issue
  • A specific publication, complete in itself, of a serial or periodical. Usually it is indicated in a citation as “n” (number) or “i” (issue) and issue number.
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