English 101 A (Transue): Search Terms

Fall 2014

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  (Onotlogy is the subject term for "Being in the Present," for example).

 

EXAMPLES

Motivation (Psychology)

Expectation (Psychology)

Incentive (Psychology)

Motivation in Education

Stress (Psychology)

Anxiety

Burnout (Psychology)

Stress Tolerance (Psychology)

Time Management

Deadlines

Work-Life Balance

Pacing Strategies (Education)

Time Pressure

Punctuality

Scheduling

Tardiness

Success

Success--Psychological Aspects

Self-Actualization (Psychology)

Self-Realization

Excellence

Fear of Success

Successful People

Success in Popular Culture

Self-Help Materials

Meditation

Contemplation

Relaxation

Spiritual Life

Prayer

Happiness

Cheerfulness

Contentment

Pleasure

Well-Being

Joy

Procrastination

Positivism

Library Catalog

The Library Catalog is where you will go to search for all the books, DVDs, videos, and other print and audio-visual materials in the Chabot and Las Positas Libraries.

To find books on a topic, you will want to do the following: 

1.  Enter search terms as one or two words.  No long phrases.

2.  Put the connector, AND, in between each of your search terms..

3.  If you want to limit your search to only what's at Chabot, select  Chabot College Library. 
If you want to search both Chabot and Las Positas libraies, select Chabot and Las Positas.

4.  Click on Go. 

NOTE: As Chabot students, you have access to Las Positas' collection free of charge. You can place a hold on items through the catalog and they will arrive two college business days later.

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

Motivation AND Procrastination

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.

Stress Relief

Positive Thinking

Healthy Lifestyle