Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: May 06, 2019 Views: 6572
What is Subject Searching?
Within a database or The Online Library 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.
Note: If you find an article you find particularly useful, look at the subject terms and try using the same in your search. Some databases also allow for "author-supplied keywords."
Most Useful For
- 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
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are a self-serve option for users to search and find answers to their questions.
Use the search box above to type your question to search for an answer or browse existing FAQs by group, topic, etc.