3 (1) | A (7) | B (7) | C (16) | D (11) | E (2) | F (4) | G (2) | H (4) | I (7) | J (1) | K (1) | L (4) | M (7) | N (2) | O (1) | P (9) | Q (2) | R (9) | S (13) | T (3) | U (3) | V (2) | W (1)

Call Number

A group of alpha/numeric characters given to library materials based on their subject. These materials are stored under that number on a shelf. The call number is usually located on the spine of the item. University Library uses call numbers based on the Library of Congress Classification System.


The catalog is an online and public list of resources a library owns or provides access to. Our catalog is called IUCAT, or Indiana University catalog, and allows you to search materials at all IU campuses.

Catalog record

A catalog record has bibliographic information about a library item. When you click on the title of an item in your IUCAT search results, the screen that appears is the catalog record.


Suppressing words, images, ideas, information, books, etc. 


A type of communication from person to person through typed messages, via computer or mobile device. 

Check out

The library allows people to borrow, or "check out," a book for free for a certain amount of time. You must return or renew the book at the due date of the borrowing period.

Circulation Desk

The circulation desk at the University Library is called the Service & Information Desk and is located on the second floor. This is where you can check out and renew materials, pay late fees, request reserve materials, pick up interlibrary loan (ILL) items, or ask research or general questions. 


1. A line or short section taken from a piece of writing or a speech.

2. A list of information about a piece of writing, speech, or other information source that tells another reader where to find the information. The list can follow a certain style, for example, Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), or Council of Science Editors (CSE).

Citation chaining

Citation chaining can be a helpful search strategy to identify additional sources. Researchers begin with one relevant article as their starting point, and look at the citations listed at the end of the publication to find resources that are closely related to their topic. This approach is called "backwards citation chaining." Researchers can also find out who has cited an article through "forward citation chaining" in order to get updated research.


The action of creating a citation and giving credit to another author's work.

Classification System

A classification system is a set of rules and guidelines for a library to organize its materials in a logical and searchable manner. Most academic libraries, including IUPUI University Library, use the Library of Congress Classification System for its call numbers.


1. Some libraries are called "Commons" or have an area within the building that is called the "Commons." This term refers to a library that offers additional spaces like creative makerspaces or collaborative study areas. Commons are spaces for the community to use.

2. Commons can also be online spaces for people to store and share work and resources with others. Online commons are often called “digital commons” and are run by institutions like universities or other organizations or companies. Online commons at an institution sometimes host an institutional repository.


The right to publish and sell a work. It is granted to an author, composer, artist, etc. by the government. The date of copyright usually appears on the reverse side of the book's title page. A small © preceding a date indicates the book was copyrighted in that year.

Course Reserves

The materials that a faculty member has made available to a class are placed "on reserve" to be available for a limited time. These materials are located at the Service & Information Desk on the second floor.

Creative Commons License

A Creative Commons Copyright License is a license for creators and authors to share their work with certain rights or restrictions. This type of copyright license was developed by the non-profit organization, Creative Commons. Many of these licenses have less restrictions than traditional copyright laws and allow for sharing and reuse of a creative work with the public without permission from the author.

Current Periodicals

Current Periodicals is an area in University Library where the most recent magazines, journals, and newspapers are kept. When they become older, they may be recycled or moved to the stacks.