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Library Terminology

A glossary of terms used by libraries.

W

Wildcard

A symbol used to represent one or more letters in a search (e.g., ?, *, or +) that allows plurals or variants of a word to be found. For Example: Searching "Librar*" will find "Library", "Libraries", "Librarian", etc.

Withdrawn

Items that have been removed from a library collection.

Work

A general term for an information resource.

Works Cited

The name of the list of citations used in an MLA citation style paper.