English 001 A (Williams): Search Terms

This Subject Guide will help students find information on gangs and prison programs as they relate to "Tattoos on the Heart" by Father Greg Boyle.

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  (Onotlogy is the subject term for "Being in the Present," for example).
Library of Congress Subject Headings books


Gang Members
Juvenile Delinquency
Juvenile Delinquents
Organized Crime
Prison Gangs
Youth Gangs

Civil Procedure
Criminal Justice Administration
Crime Prevention
Gang Prevention
Gangs -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Law Enforcement
Zero-tolerance Policy

Children -- Institutional care
Church Work With Prisoners
Correctional Institutions
Institutionalized Persons
Juvenile delinquents -- Rehabilitation
Prison Educators
Prisoners -- Deinstitutionalization
Prisoners -- Educational Programs
Prisoners -- Education
Prisoners -- Vocational education
Prison Reform

Behavior Therapy
Correctional Rehabilitation
Criminals -- Rehabilitation
Criminal Psychology
Halfway Houses
Non-school educational programs
Occupational training
Pre-release Programs for Prisoners
Recidivism Rates
Rehabilitation Centers
Rehabilitation Counseling
Transitional Programs (Education)
Transformative Learning
Treatment Effectiveness
Treatment Programs
Vocational Education
Vocational Guidance
Vocational Rehabilitation 

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.


Gangs AND Mentoring

Recidivism AND Rehabilitation


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.

Mentoring Programs

Homeboy Industries

Reentry Programs

Second Chance Act