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Searching Databases Using Subject Headings

Library Research


The goal of this exercise is to show you how to search databases by using subject terms. These terms will be found in the subject terms or thesaurus feature of a database. You should complete the Exploring Search Terms form below with the subject terms you've found.

Exploring Search Terms


Two possible subject terms to use in finding articles:

1. ____________________________ 2. _____________________________  

What terms are listed in the database’s subject headings or thesaurus?

1. ____________________________ 2. _____________________________

Which term widens the scope of the search? __________________________

Which term narrows the scope of the search?______________________________________________

Useful search terms: __________________________________________________________________

Misleading search terms: ______________________________________________________________


Subject Terms Hierarchy