Early Childhood Development 011 (Hale): 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


Educational Change

Educational Planning

Educational Innovations


Public School Teachers--Tenure

Teacher's Unions

Education, Preschool

Education, Primary

Education, Secondary

Public Schools

Charter Schools


Discrimination in Education

Social Classes

Social Class

Working Class






Education--Parent Participation

Parent-Teacher Relationships

Educational Accountability--United States

United States--No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Educational Tests and Measurements--United States

School Choice

Educational Vouchers


Private Schools

Home Schooling

Education Standards--United States

Education--Educational Policy and Reform

Learning Strategies

Learning Modalities

Cognitive Styles

Cognitive Styles in Children

Visual Learning

Study Skills

Cognitive Learning Theory




School Volunteers





Bilingual Education

Diversity in Education

Multicultural Education

Ethnology--Study and Teaching

Cross-Cultural Orientation






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.

Common Core  

Education Reform


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.


 Teacher's Unions AND Students First

School Volunteers AND Teachers

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