Philosophy 060 (Shannon): Search Terms

Library of Congress Subject Headings

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

Ethics

Philosophy and Ethics

Conduct of Life

Ethicists

Philosophers

Moral and Ethical Aspects

Ethical Problems

Bioethics

Professional Ethics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decision Making and Ethics

Judgment (Ethics)

Ambiguity

Hypocrisy

Abortion

Immigration

Birth Control

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech and Ethics

Freedom of Expression

Avarice

Consumerism

Affirmative Action

Gun Control

Gun Safety

Capital Punishment

Cloning

Civil Disobedience

Pornography

{etc.}

 

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.

Ethical Dilemma

Greed

Death Penalty

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

Ethics AND Freedom of Expression

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

Moral Ambiguity AND Laws

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