Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: Jun 02, 2016 Views: 190
Within a database or online catalog, subject searching allows you to search by categories, which are found in the subject field of an item record. Subject terms are pre-defined and used for all items within a database or source that relate to that term.
For example, let's say you found the following article in a database:
Wilson, F. A., & Stimpson, J. P. (2010). Trends in Fatalities From Distracted Driving in the United States, 1999 to 2008. American Journal Of Public Health, 100(11), 2213-2219. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2009.187179
The subject terms associated with this article might include: distracted driving, cell phones & traffic accidents, traffic fatalities, etc. By searching for the subject terms supplied by the database alongside this article, you may be able to find similar articles on this topic.
- Once you find a useful resource on your topic, subject searching allows you to find similar resources
- Allows you to broadly search for sources on a topic
- Can be difficult to use if the subject associated with a topic isn't obvious
- Results will vary from one database to another
The library has books and eBooks in our collection which can help answer your questions about subject searching. Check out the books and web resources below for additional information.
Helpful Books from the Library:
The Oxford Guide to Library Research by Thomas Mann
The Creative Guide to Research by Robin Rowland
To find more books and eBooks on subject searching, please search the Multi-Search or the Online Library Catalog.
Helpful Web Resources:
These web resources may be helpful if you need help with subject searching. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.
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