English 001 A (Olson): Search Terms

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Below are the official Library of Congress Subject Headings you may want to use.

 

Human Rights 

Human Rights Advocacy

Human Rights Workers

Political Activists

 

Emigration and Immigration

Emigration and Immigration--Legislation

Immigrants

Migrant Labor

Illegal Aliens

Hispanic Americans

Dream Act

Dreamers

Race Relations

Ethnic Relations

Cultural Relations

Racism

Prejudices

Racial minorities

Racial Awareness

Racial Discimination

Criminal Justice, Administration of

Police

Criminal Procedure

Criminal Law

Crime

Police Brutality

Police Profiling

Education AND

Higher

Primary

Secondary

Bilingual

Great Migration, 1910-1970

African American Migrations

Police Shootings

Police Brutality

Police Misconduct

Self-Defense (Law)

American Dream

Materialism--United States

Level of Aspiration

Idealism, American

 

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.

DREAM ACT

Trayvon Martin

Michael Brown

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


Police Misconduct AND African Americans

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

Sex Differences AND Communication


If for some reason, you are getting results you do NOT want (say for example you want to find only articles on communication in opposite sex marriages) try a NOT search.  Librarians caution that NOT searches often also weed out articles that may have been relevant for you.  So only perform such searches if you have LOTS of results (say over ten that are in full text format):

EXAMPLE

Marriage NOT Same Sex