Sociology 001 (Richardson): Find Search Terms

Provides a list of resources on how to pursue health and medical research based on the movie, Lorenzo Oil. Also includes an outline of the lecture, and suggestions of databases to use for research in the field of Sociology.

Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings books

These are the official Library of Congress Subject Headings that you can use for many of your searches in our databases. You would find subject headings such as these by browsing through the Library of Congress Subject Headings books or browsing the "Catalog Record" of every title found in our Library Catalog.  

EXAMPLES

ADRENOLEUKODYSTROPHY

ADRENOLEUKODYSTROPHY -- Genetic aspects

ADRENOLEUKODYSTROPHY – Treatment

Leukodistrophies

Multiple Scerosis

Demyelination

Nerves, Peripheral--Diseases

NERVOUS system -- Diseases – Treatment

DISEASES – Treatment

CLINICAL trials

OILS & fats -- Therapeutic use

FATTY acids -- Physiological effect

Chronic illness

ODONE*

Chronic diseases in children

CHILDREN – Mortality

PARENTS of terminally ill children

CHRONICALLY ill children

Parents of exceptional children

CHILDREN

Myelin*

Myelination

Genetic

ASSOCIATIONS, institutions, etc.

Organizations

Health

 

*Odone stands for the Odone family in Lorenzo’s Oil.  *Myelin can extend to subject headings such as “Myelin protein” or “Myelin Sheath.”

Keywords

While not official subject headings, these keywords can be very fruitful for your research. Try to also think of other terms such as these. Keyword searches look at all the information in the book or article record including title, author, abstract, table of contents, etc. It always helps to think of synonyms, as the way one person would describe something is not the same way another would.

ALD

Lorenzo’s oil

Glycerol trierucate

Myelin disorders

Myelin Repair

Health Organizations*

Health Research

Myelin Project

ALD Foundation

 

 

Life-threatening illness

 

Demyelinating diseases

Demyelinating disorders

What "search terms" to use?

Using the correct words to search will help you find relevant information. Different authors and search tools use different words to describe the same concepts, so it is useful to have a list of similar and related terms in your arsenal when you set out to search for relevant information. The process of creating these alternative terms is called brainstorming terms or concept mapping.

EXAMPLE

Adrenoleukodystrophy AND Myelin