Use of subject terms to search databases increases knowledge of how a database retrieves relevant articles. Through a process of exploring the relationships of subject terms to other terms, the researcher develops skill in the choice of subject terms on which to perform searches of the database. There are built-in features of databases such as Academic Search Complete that enhance discovery of articles. Enhancements in the advanced search of the database include checkboxes to “Find all my search terms” and “Apply equivalent subject terms.” These enhancements are helpful to speed the discovery of articles and provide an alternative method to intensely exploring subject terms.
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