Communication Studies 001 (Eisenberg-Todd)--Norman Buchwald--Fall 2016: Search Terms

Resources on speeches, including finding materials on cultures and subcultures for the Informational Speech and general tools for finding Pro/Con topics for persuasive speeches.

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


Compulsive Gamblers



Compuslive Gamblers' Spouses

Compulsive Behavior

Impulsive Control Behavior


Tattoo Artists


Body Marking

Body Painting

Body Piercing

Teenage Mothers

Teenage Parents

Children of Teenage Mothers

African American Teenage Mothers

Hispanic American Teenage Mothers

Mexican American  Teenage Mothers

Teenage Mothers, White

Motorcycle Gangs

Motorcycles--Societies, Etc.


Motorcycle Jackets

Video Gamers

Video Games

Electronic Games

Cheating at Video Games

Video Games and Children

Video Games and Teenagers

Video Games Industry

Computer Games

Interracial Marriage

Interracial Dating


Interethnic Dating

Interethnic Marriage

Interfaith Marriage

Racially Mixed Children

Racially Mixed People



Victims of Family Violence

Family Violence

Victims of Crimes

Abused Children

Abused Men

Abused Teenagers

Abused Women

Adult Children

Abuse Victims

Sexual Abuse Victims

Child Sexual Abuse

Sex Crimes

Incest Victims

Migrant Labor

Children of Migrant Labor

Migrant Agricultural Laborers

Women Migrant Labor


Human Smuggling

Alien Labor

Children of Alien Labor

Women Alien Labor

Agricultural Laborers, Foreign



Illegal Aliens

Women Illegal Aliens

Families of Military Personnel

Military Dependents

Children of Military Personnel

Military Spouses

Army Spouses

Navy Spouses

Air Force Spouses

Marine Corps Spouses

Drag Racers

Drag Racing

Automobile Racing

Automobiles, Racing

Automobile Racing drivers

* The term Miscegenation is considered by many to be an offensive/racist term that unfortunately Library of Congress still uses as a subject heading.  (Norman Buchwald, one of the librarians, wrote a paper on this issue for a class when he was in Library School in 1998).  Why Library of Congress still uses this term instead of interracial couples is unknown.


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.


teen moms

teen mothers

hells' angels

interracial couples


online gamers

online gaming

military families

street racers

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.


Body Marking AND Tattoo Artists