English 004 (Higgins): Search Terms

The Hero's/Heroine's Journey; Mythology and Fairy Tales

Subject Headings

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. Library of Congress Subject Headings books

EXAMPLES

Hero (Greek Mythology)

Heroes

Heroes--Mythology

Heroines in Literature

Women Heroes

Women Heroes--Mythology


Gods

Goddesses

AND

Greek

Roman

etc.

Mythology

Archetypes in Literature

Fairy Tales

Folklore

Folk Literature

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

Happiness AND Success

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.

Addiction

Positive Thinking

No Child Left Behind

Race to the Top