Abstract: A brief summary of an article. The abstract for a scholarly article will summarize the authors' research purpose, methods, and conclusions.
Database: A collection of information, usually electronic. Usually refers to a place you can search for articles in journals and magazines. Databases index (or organize) articles, so that they are online and searchable. An example of a UWM database would be: Academic Search Complete.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL): A library service that allows you to request books and articles we do not own at UWM.
Peer Review (Refereed): Articles published in peer reviewed journals have been reviewed and edited by a board of expert editors.
Scholarly Source: Scholarly sources are different from news sources because rather than reporting an event, scholarly sources ask and answer questions through some form of analysis. Scholarly sources are written by experts-- people who know a lot about their subject like professors-- and they also refer to other sources in a works cited/references list to show where their information came from originally.
Open Access: Scholarly publications that can be freely accessed by the general public online.