Keep track of the words that are used to describe your topic.
- Look for words that best describe your topic.
- Look for descriptive words in the encyclopedia articles and other reading you do while selecting your topic.
- Find synonyms and broader and narrower terms for each keyword you find in order to expand your search capabilities.
- Keep a list of these words to use as keywords later as you search in catalogs and other online databases.
Identify the Database’s Search Terms (Subject Headings)
Many databases apply subject headings to the materials indexed. These are standardized terms that identify the main subject area(s) covered by the research. Also known as “controlled vocabulary,” the subject headings may be found in the databases’ Thesaurus or the records of your search results.
Some databases include a list of Subject or Thesaurus terms on the result list. Checking a box next to the term will add it to your search and change your results.
|Click on Show More to see
|Click on Subject to open the list.
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additional terms and check boxes.