English 007 (Cartwright): Search Terms

Subject guide to help students prepare for their research paper.

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

ENVIRONMENTAL activism

ENVIRONMENTAL conditions

ENVIRONMENTAL degradation

ENVIRONMENTAL disasters

ENVIRONMENTAL education

ENVIRONMENTAL impact analysis

ENVIRONMENTAL law

ENVIRONMENTAL literacy

ENVIRONMENTAL management

ENVIRONMENTAL policy

ENVIRONMENTAL protection

ENVIRONMENTAL regulations

ENVIRONMENTAL risk

ENVIRONMENTAL sciences

CLIMATIC changes -- Prevention

CLIMATE change mitigation

CLIMATE change skepticism

GLOBAL environmental change

GLOBAL warming

GREENHOUSE gas mitigation

HEAVY metals

INDUSTRIAL pollution

LAND use & energy conservation

POLLUTANTS

POLLUTION prevention

POWER plants -- Environmental aspects

RENEWABLE energy sources

URBAN renewal

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

Environment AND Climate Change

Factory Farms AND Environmental Impact

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.

Global Climate Change

Pacific Garbage Patch

 Vegetarian Diet