Dental Hygiene 073 (Coan): Search Terms

Students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed journal articles related to the field of dental hygiene.

Subject Headings

You may find that using official subject headings will help you find more specific results when searching our databases. In many of our databases, you can use the official Library of Congress Subject Headings to narrow down your search. 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. In some instances, like when searching PubMed, you may want to use the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). You will learn more about MeSH later in the tutorial.
Library of Congress Subject Headings books

                      Library of Congress Subject Heading Examples

CHILDREN -- Dental care
Dental Anxiety psychology
Dental Care

Dental Care psychology
Dental Care Trends
Dental Caries complications
DENTAL health education
Dental Health Surveys
Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Education
DENTAL hygienists
Dental methods
Dental Offices
Dental Plaque complications
Dental Prophylaxis ethics
Dental statistics & numerical data

Health Education
MOUTH -- Care & hygiene
Oral Hygiene
Oral Hygiene methods
ORALhygiene products
Oral Hygiene psychology
Oral Hygiene Trends
PREVENTIVE dentistry
School Dentistry
TEETH -- Bleaching
TEETH -- Care & hygiene

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.


Dental Care AND Children

Diabetics AND Dental Hygiene


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.

Oral Cancer

Tooth Decay