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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.



  1. Words and terms used to index an academic article. Keywords are usually taken from the title, abstract and main text.
  2. The essential words and terms which are selected by a researcher when searching an academic database for articles and other material relevant to his/her subject


Peer review

A rigorous checking process that acts as a guarantee of academic integrity and quality; when reading an article in an academic journal you know that it will be a reliable and trustworthy source.


Knowingly or unknowingly using the work of someone else and claiming it as your own.


Reference list

List of the books, articles and other sources which you have cited in your essay or coursework; a citation in the text is linked to the corresponding item in the reference list thus enabling a reader to easily trace the original source.

Reference management software

Software that helps you build and manage a bibliography and/or list of references and sources.


The process whereby you fully acknowledge the books and articles that you have used while writing your essays and coursework.


Self-directed study/learning

The ability to independently search for, locate and then use in an appropriate manner journal articles, books and other academic materials.


A book or article, website or other item, from which information has been obtained.

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