Answered By: Daniel Dylla Last Updated: Feb 26, 2016 Views: 41
PDF is a filetype, often used for ensuring that a document looks exactly the same across different platforms. It stands for Portable Document Format. Read more at the Adobe website.
PDFs are common for distributing information because they are viewable by everyone and cannot be edited easily, making it an ideal format for a professor's syllabus, for instance. It is also common to see this format used for articles inside library databases.