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Library Vocabulary

Fiction  -  A literary work whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact

Nonfiction - Writing that deals with facts and events rather than imaginative narration

Reference - A book you can use to find authoritative facts

Alphabetical - Arranged in the order of the letters of a language

Numerical - Arranged in the order of the numbers of a language

Biography - An account of a person's life written, composed, or produced by another

Dewey Decimal Classification - A system used in libraries for organizing nonfiction publications into subject categories corresponding to three-digit numerals, with further specification expressed by numerals following a decimal point

Newbery - A literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children

Caldecott - An award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Genre - The term for any category of literature, as well as various other forms of art or culture

Periodical - A publication issued at regular intervals, usually monthly or weekly

Copyright - The legal right granted to an author, composer, playwright, publisher, or distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work

Title Page - A page at the front of a book giving the complete title, the names of the author and publisher, and the place of publication

Index - An alphabetized list of names, places, and subjects treated in a printed work, giving the page or pages on which each item is mentioned

Table of Contents - A list of divisions (chapters or articles) and the pages on which they start

Big6 - An information and technology literacy model and curriculum, implemented in thousands of schools – K through higher education

Formats - The general appearance of a publication, including type style, paper, binding, etc.

Chronology - The arrangement of dates, events, etc., in order of occurrence

Cross-Reference - A reference at one place in a work to information at another place in the same work

Media - An intervening substance through which something else is transmitted or carried on

Plagiarism - The verbatim copying or imitation of the language, ideas, or thoughts of another author and representing them as one’s own original work

Bibliography - A list of source materials used or consulted in the preparation of a work or referred to in the text

Primary Source - A document, recording, or other source of information that was created at roughly the time being studied, by an authoritative source, usually one with direct personal knowledge of the events being described

Secondary Source - A document or recording that relates or discusses information originally presented elsewhere

Autobiography - An account of a person's life written or otherwise recorded by that person

Modern Language Association (MLA) - The principal professional association in the United States for scholars of language and literature

Citation - A passage or source cited in support of a fact or opinion

Documentation - The act or an instance of the supplying of documents or supporting references or records

Keyword - A word used as a reference point for finding other words or information

Media Literacy -  Skills that enable people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and forms

Credibility - The quality of being believed or trusted

Publication - An issue of printed material offered for sale or distribution

                                                                        *Vocabulary list courtesy of MLMS Media Website

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