Database - This is an online index of articles or books that is searchable by keyword. Examples of these include EBSCOhost , and InfoTrac/Opposing Viewpoints. All of these require passwords in order to access them. Stop by the Media Center to get that information!

Invisible websites - These are websites with restricted access. They usually require a subscription and are not searchable by public search engines like Google. The databases mentioned above are invisible websites.

Full-text article - This means that the complete electronic text of an article or book is available to view and/or print.

Periodicals - This term applies to scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Scholarly journals - These are journals (periodicals) which publish commentary and original research on academic topics, sometimes with a peer review process.

Abstract - This is a brief summary of the article's contents. By reading the abstract you can get a general idea of what the article is about without having to read the whole article.

Primary documents or sources - These are sources of information that come from the actual person or time period. For example, a journal or diary written by Abraham Lincoln would be a primary source. A biography written about him would not be.

Secondary documents or sources - These are sources of information that are written or produced from information gathered about a person or time period. They may be based on primary sources. An example would be a book written about the writing of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence document would be a primary source.