BIO150Y Optimal Information Foraging  


A list of references to sources cited by an author in the text of his or her work. Usually arranged alphabetically and located at the end of an article, book chapter, or book.

Call number
The unique code given by a library to an item which classifies it by subject. Items with similar call numbers are physically located near one another. University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) uses Library of Congress call numbers, which begin with letters.

A list of all the items held by a library, including microform, maps and audiovisual materials. The UTL catalogue is available for online searching 24/7 both on the Web and via Telnet.

A written reference to a work, either print or electronic, containing enough information so that the work can be located. There are many different styles for citations; for more information, see How and Why to Cite your Sources.

Also called a database, journal index, periodical index, or e-index when available electronically. This is an organized collection of citations and abstracts of journal articles in a particular subject. Use an index to locate articles on a topic. General Science Abstracts is an example.

This acronym stands for Portable Document Format, a type of file used by Adobe Acrobat. Many full-text online journal articles are in this format; in order to open them, you will need the Adobe software on your computer. All public computers in U of T libraries already have this software.

Peer review
The process by which articles get accepted into scholarly journals. One or more experts in the field, plus an editor, review the document and suggest changes that the author must make made before the article is published.

Pre-selected list
see Subject directory

Search engine
A set of programs that allows you to find pages on the World Wide Web by typing an appropriate query. Google and AltaVista are examples of search engines.

Subject directory
A collection of links to Internet resources which have been selected, evaluated, and organized into subject categories. An alternative to search engines when looking for Web sites. Yahoo! is an example.

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