English 001 A (Higgins)--How Children Succeed: Search Terms

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


Child Development

Child Psychology

Child Rearing


Learning, Psychology of

Educational Psychology


Learning Ability

Behavior Modification

Cognitive Learning Theory

Motivation in Education

Education, Preschool

Education, Primary

Education, Secondary

Public Schools


Higher Education

Social Classes

Social Class

Working Class






Education--Parent Participation

Parent-Teacher Relationships

Educational Change

Educational Planning

Educational Innovations

Success--Psychological Aspects


Character--Study and Teaching



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.

Successful Learning



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.


 Learning Ability AND Behavior Modification

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):


Education NOT Higher