Catalog Data – A completely organized service that enables users to explore data sources. (Techopedia)

Citation – A quotation or reference to a book, paper or author. (English Oxford Living Dictionary)

Curate – select, organize, and look after items in a exhibition or collection. (English Oxford Living Dictionary)

Discourse Community – a group of people who share a common and distinct mode of communication, especially within a social activity. (English Oxford Living Dictionary)



Finding Aid – A tool that facilitates discovery of information within a collection of recorders. (Society of American Archivists)

Identifier – The identifier given to a digital object that provides a means to link it to one archival description. (National Archives Catalog)

Internet Sources – Anything published on exclusively online (Purdue Owl)


Lexicon – From the Greek lexikon, meaning a book of language: lexis- (words) and lengein (to speak). We use it to mean words relevant to a field or topic.

Malleability – the ability to be altered. (Guide)

Material Culture – physical objects that people use to define their culture. (Haltman, “American Artifacts”)

Metadata – Data that provides context or additional information about other data. (Business Dictionary)

Parody – the replication of an original with a satirical or humorous effect. (Guide)

Pathos – the quality of a text or image to evoke an emotion in the audience. (Guide)

Primary Research – Research that is collected directly by one’s self. (Purdue Owl)

Prownian Analysis- a way to identify, analyze and categorize material culture. (Haltman, “American Artifacts”)


Search Engines – A computer program that searches documents for a specific word and provides a list of documents in which they are found. (Dictionary.com)

Tagging – The process of attaching a label to something (Dictionary.com)

Thesis – Statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved. (Oxford Living Dictionary)

Thick Description – a way to describe the cultural context and the meaning that are placed on things. (Rose, Lecture 2/2/2018)

Visual Rhetoric- Visual texts (posters, murals, signs, etc.) that try to convince a specific audience to act or think differently. (Guide)