English 004 (Higgins): Homegoing: Search Terms

LCSH History

Library of Congress Subject Headings

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

 

Blacks

Black People

Africans

African Americans

Ghana

Ashanti--History

Ashanti--Social Conditions

Ashanti (African people)

Ashanti (people of Ghana)

Fanti (African People)

Ethnology--Ghana

 

Racism

Race Discrimination

Prejudices

Sexism

Classism

 

 

Race Relations

Ethnic Relations

Cultural Relations

Racial minorities

Racial Awareness

Racially Mixed People

Race Identity

 

 

 

 

Postcolonialism

Colonization

Postcolonial Analysis

Postcolonialism in Literature

 

 

Great Britain

United Kingdom

London

United States

Africa

Ghana

Uganda 

 

Anti-Slavery Movements--United States

 

Abolitionists

 

Emancipation of Slaves--United States

 

Social Advocacy

 

Civil Rights Movements

 

 

Slavery--United States

Slavery--Ghana

Ghana--Slave Trade

 

 

Kente Cloth

Anansi (Legendary character)

Spiders in Folklore

 

 

Gyasi, Yaa

 

Women Authors--Biography

 

Sharecropping

Sharecroppers

 

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.

Gold Coast

Asante

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

Gold Coast AND Slave Trade

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

Sharecropping AND Forty Acres and a Mule


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

Ashanti NOT Rap