Lexicon

A-C 

Annotated Bibliography: a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources (Purdue OWL) 

Citation: a quotation from or reference to a book, paper, or author, especially in a scholarly work. (Guild) 

Curate: a member of the clergy engaged as assistant to a vicar, rector, or parish priest. (Dictionary.com) 

D-I 

Discourse community: A group of people who share both a purpose and meaning of communicating (Haltman) 

Inideitifer: a sequence of characters used to identify or refer to a program or an element, such as a variable or a set of data, within it. (Dictionary.com) 

Finding Aid: used by researchers to determine whether information within a collection is relevant to their research. (Dictionary.com) 

L-N

Lexicon: From the Greek lexikon, meaning a book of language: lexis (word) and legein (speak). We use it to mean words relevant to a field or topics. (Class Powerpoint-iCollege) 

Material Culture: refers to the physical objects, resources, and spaces that people use to define their culture (Haltman)  

Metadata: a set of data that describes and gives information about other data. (Rose, In Class Lecture 2/9) 

O-R

Prownian Analysis:  a means of identifying, and examining objects through detailed physical description, guessing at uses of the object, and treating the object as a fiction as a way of relating the object to more broad concepts (Haltman) 

Polysemous: when visual texts are able to carry multiple meanings to address rhetorical situations (Dictionary.com) 

Primary Source: provides direct or firsthand evidence about an event, object, person, or work of art (Ithica College Library) 

S-Z 

Secondary Source: information  that was created later by someone who did not experience first-hand or participate in the events or conditions you’re researching (Library of Illinois) 

Tagging: attach a label to something (Dictionary.com) 

Thesis: a statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved. (Dictionary.com) 

Thick Description: a way of providing cultural context and meaning that people place on actions, words, things, etc (iCollege Classnotes)