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Search Using Subject Terms

There are two ways to search library databases: one keyword search, and two subject search also called subject terms. Keyword searching should be the most familiar way of searching. It’s how we search Google: just plug in search terms to begin browsing. Sometimes it may be useful to use a subject search after your initial keyword search. If you find a subject heading that matches your topic, it can take a lot of guesswork out of you having to find the correct keyword for your search and will also narrow your search results. To find subject headings in the EBSCO databases click here. In ProQuest click here. Thanks so much for watching.