Print vs. Electronic Formats
Print refers to physical items such as books, journals, or newspapers that reside on a shelf or in a location in the LRC. Electronic refers to eBooks, PDF, HTML, and other digitized research resources available in the LRC via a web-based platform such as a library subscription database or the online catalog. Microforms or Microfiche are a flat piece of film containing microphotographs of the pages of a newspaper, catalog or other document that must be read via a microform machine. This is a less common format in the Georgetown College LRC, however, we do still have some microforms available on the 3rd floor of the LRC.
A PDF file is a file format that has captured all the elements of a printed document as an electronic image that you can view, navigate, print, or forward to someone else. A PDF of a book or journal article will look exactly as its print counterpart including graphs, charts, page numbers, etc. This file format is especially important when considering and interpretting data sets presented in peer-reviewed literature.
An HTML file is a hypertext markup language, a coding scheme used to format text for use on the World Wide Web. It will display and look differently from its print counterpart and will not include images, charts, and graphs in a journal artilce as a PDF file.