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Electronic resources: Glossary

Online information about University Library and Collection's electronic resources.



Resource Types

eResource A resource such as a book, journal or database that is available online.
Ebook A text presented in a digital format which enables it to be read on a computer or handheld device.  Ebooks are the same as printed books in terms of content.
E-Journal A journal that is available online.
Database A searchable collection of academic material. A database can be full text, or bibliographic details only.


General Glossary

Abstract A brief summary of an article, book, or other published work.
Browser A computer program that downloads webpages; installed on computers and used to access websites and webpages on the Web e.g. Edge, Chrome, Safari, Firefox.
Citation Specific information that identifies an article, book or information source. Citations usually include author(s), title, journal name (for articles), publisher (for books), publication date and other appropriate information.
Cookies Files created by sites you visit intended to make your online experience easier by saving browsing data.
Discover Durham University's online interface that enables users to search across all of our resources and beyond.
DOI (or Digital Object Identifier) A unique and persistent string of characters used to identify a journal article, website or other item of intellectual property, typically one in digital form e.g.
Embargo  A period during which access is not allowed to certain types of users.
Eprint A scholarly work that has been deposited in a digital repository.
EZproxy Enables off-campus access to subscribed electronic resources for current members of Durham University.
Full text The complete article or book and not just the abstract or citation.
ISSN (or International Standard Serial Number) A unique eight-digit number used to identify a print or electronic periodical publication.
Off-campus Any location that is not part of Durham University. This could be your home, your place of work or even overseas.
On-campus Any location that is part of Durham University.
Open Access (OA) Electronic resources that are freely available. 
PDF (or Portable Digital Format) These types of files can display document text, images and will be displayed in the authors' intended format. 
Permalink A permanent web address for a specific information source such as an ebook, an article, a record in Discover, a video or a database; may also be called a stable link, durable link, persistent link, permanent link or document link.
Repository An online, searchable, web-accessible database containing works of research deposited by scholars. Its purpose is to increase access to scholarship and ensure the long-term preservation of scholarly works. Digital repositories are often built to serve a specific institution's community of users, in which cases they are called institutional repositories.
Shibboleth (or Institutional login) A means of accessing a resource if you go direct to the providers website. The login details are usually your CIS username and password.
URL (or Uniform Resource Locator) An online address that identifies the location of a web page.
Username The unique identifier given to you to access University services. This will typically take the form of abcd12
Webcache Remembers parts of pages, like images, to help them open faster during your next visit.