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Regent University - Library

International Student Resources & Services: Glossary L-P

This LibGuide was created to help International Students learn about Regent University Library resources and succeed in conducting library research.


The glossary is written within several different pages: A-C, D-I, L-P and R-Z.  You can access the continuing pages under the title, "Glossary."

Glossary L-P

LibGuides - A LibGuide is a subject research guide developed by librarians.  They highlight the essential resources on a specific subject.  The LibGuides are available on the Library's home page at

Library Instruction - Regent University librarians are available to make class presentations geared to the subject of the course.  Covering library research methods, key online systems, electronic resources, Internet and World Wide Web sources and other appropriate materials.  The librarians are also available to meet one-on-one with the students to help with their class assignments.  For further information or to schedule a class information session, see the Library Orientation/Instruction page.

Library's Web Site - Regent University Library's web site is  It is the primary means of accessing library resources, programs and many other services.

Loan Period - Length of time library materials may be borrowed.  See "Circulation."

Microform - Microform is a storage format with reduced images a supposed to the electronic or print formats.  There are two kinds of microform: microfiche and microfilm.  Microfiche: A 4x6 sheet of plastic film -  that sores information in a compact form and requires a microfiche reading device in order to be used.  Microfilm: A roll of film either 16mm or 35mm that stores patents, periodical or other documents and requires a reading machine in order to be used.

Off Campus Access/ EZProxy - Off-campus access to most library online databases and e-journals, and e-books is restricted and available only to current Regent University students, faculty, and staff.  The EZProxy server validates current Regent University users.  When you click on a link to an online database, e-journal, or e-book, a new window appears.  Enter your current, active Regent University email username and password to connect via the EZProxy.

Online Catalog - The online catalog is an electronic database listing all of the materials such as books and periodicals owned by Regent University Library (including the Law Library).  Records in the database provide information about these items such as author, title, subject, call number, publication date, location, and availability.

Overdue - Overdue means that the book checked out by you is late for return.  It has not been returned or renewed to the library by the due date.

Periodicals - Materials that are published "periodically" or sequentially in daily, weekly, monthly,quarterly, annual or even irregular intervals.  They are found in newspapers, magazines, journals, yearbooks, and other sources.  Periodicals are available inseveral formats: bnound papers volumes (like books), microfiche or microfilm, and as electronic text.