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Technical jargon

Below is an explanation of some terms you may come across when dealing with ejournals:

Term Definition
Abstract A summary of the journal article.
Adobe Acrobat Free software which allows users to view, download and print PDF documents. Normally Acrobat will automatically launch when a link to a PDF document is clicked.
Alerting Services A service provided by some journal providers alerting users to journal additions.
Zetoc is an alertness service hosted by the British Library covering over 20,000 journals.
Aggregator A company hosting a number of journals and thereby offering a single gateway.
Authentication A means of identifying authorised users by password or IP address.
Browse Browsing allows users to view many titles at once and then choose which one is required rather than searching and only returning one title.
Cache A memory store.
Cookies A small piece of information put onto the hard drive of a PC by a web server. Cookies allow websites to recognise computers and remember previous searches etc.
Gateway A single access point providing access to many different information sources and publications.
HTML An authoring language on the World Wide Web. HTML is an abbreviation of Hypertext Markup Language.
IP Address A unique numerical sequence which serves as an identifier/address for an internet server
Journal Impact Factor The frequency of which the average article has been cited in a journal over a period of time. This information can be found at JCR via Athens password.
Moving wall The specified time difference between the latest issue of a journal available electronically and the latest issue to have been published. The term is predominantly used by JSTOR.
PDF Portable Document Format. PDF files are a very widely used web standard for producing print quality electronic documents. See Adobe Acrobat above.
Reference Linking A means through which a researcher can access cited articles via a clickable citation reference, e.g CrossRef.
Server A program which manages shared access to a centralised resource or service in a network.
Subscription The agreement the library makes to receive access to a journal.
TOC Table of Contents.

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