E-Resources Guide

Glossary of Terms

A-Z List   Our A-Z list shows the majority of our licensed databases. You can access the list here: https://libguides.utk.edu/az.php.

Authentication   To have your identity verified. You must be authenticated as a UT Knoxville user on different platforms to gain access to UTK licensed e-resources. If you are on campus, your IP authenticates you by location. If you are off-campus, you may need to sign in using your UT Knoxville credentials to access content.

Bookmark   A stored location for quick retrieval at a later date. Web browsers provide bookmarks that contain the addresses (URLs) of favorite sites. You may have a bookmarks toolbar on your browser.

Browser   A web browser is program with a user interface for interacting with the world wide web. For example, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox are all different browsers.

Cache   A temporary storage area in memory or on disk that holds the most recently downloaded Web pages. You may need to clear your cache occasionally to clear your browser's memory. 

Content   We use the term content to describe library materials like journals, e-journals, books, e-books, streaming video, articles, newspapers, etc.

E-Resource   Any library material that is accessed electronically including databases, online journals, e-books, and streaming media.

IP   Internet Protocol is a communication protocol that enables networking on the internet.

IP Address  Internet Protocol address is a number assigned to every device on any computer network that uses internet protocol to communicate. For example, your personal computer has its own IP Address.

Platform   Basic hardware and software on which applications are run. For example, ProQuest Ebook Central is a platform where we can access Ebooks licensed by ProQuest.

Proxy Server   All traffic to our library e-resources is routed through the proxy server. If the user’s IP address is already a UT IP address (on campus), they are passed through. If the user is off-campus, they are prompted to authenticate with their UTK credentials, and the proxy server rewrites their address as a UT campus IP address when sending them on to the e-resource.

Vendor   A vendor is a company that we purchase or license content from. We acquire content from many vendors like ProQuest, Taylor & Francis, EBSCO, Elsevier, etc.