You might see these words mentioned on this guide, or used by your professors:
Liaison librarian = An expert researcher in the subject area who can be consulted for course projects.
Article = A piece of writing included with others in a newspaper, magazine, journal or other publication. Which MBAs make more? is an article from the magazine Harvard Business Review.
Research databases = Search interfaces that enable library users to find articles from journals and magazines. This infographic explains the relationship between articles, journals and databases.
Peer-reviewed journals = Scholarly publications in which articles are approved by other specialists in the field before they are printed. Many library databases allow you to filter results to see only peer-reviewed articles. This infographic explains the peer-review process.
Interlibrary loan (ILL) = Request materials that JMU doesn't own (such as books, articles or films). These are loaned from other libraries and usually have no cost to the student.
Off-campus access = JMU pays for you to have access to highly specialized research databases. Therefore you must have a JMU e-ID and password to access them. Instructions to use library resources off-campus.