Use our glossary to find out the meaning of some of the academic research and writing terms used in this module.
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A short summary which can be used to judge whether or not an article is relevant to your research.
A relatively short piece of academic work published in a journal and containing the most up-to-date research results and data.
Searchable electronic index of high quality published literature that is suitable for academic study and use.
An electronic book – available 24/7 provided you have access to an Internet connection and your Queen Mary login details.
Also sometimes called the deep web. Important sections of the Internet not easily accessible via search engines such as Google; an academic database, for example, will be cordoned off from general usage by a subscription.
Information literacy skills (ILSs)
An important set of life-long skills that enable people to effectively locate information that is appropriate for their needs, and then use and manage it efficiently.
Frequently published title that deals with a specific academic subject. Many journals/periodicals are now published electronically and Queen Mary subscribes to over 16,000.
Knowingly or unknowingly using the work of someone else and claiming it as your own.
Reference management software
The process whereby you fully acknowledge the books and articles that you have used while writing your essays and coursework.
A book or article, website or other item, from which information has been obtained.
Powerful software used by lecturers at Queen Mary when marking essays and coursework to check that their students have not taken material from books, journals and other publications without due acknowledgement. Turnitin also checks to ensure that students have not plagiarised the work of other students or lifted material straight from the Internet.