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English 001 (Keller): Search Statements

Formulating a Search Statement

  1. Come up with Search Terms (concrete nouns or key concepts in usually no more than a two word phrase for each INDIVIDUAL search term).  A search statement should NEVER be a long phrase or sentence.
  2. For mulltiple search terms put AND in between each one: Climate Change AND United States
  3. As you search databases, look at the Subjects list and jot down key subject words.  You may want to use those terms instead for future searching.
  4. When searching an EBSCO database, look at the left column for search limiters and click on any key subject headings to further limit your search.


Next Step: Formulate The Statement

Minimum Wage AND Benefits AND United States AND Economy.

EBSCO Search Form

Limit Results with More Search Terms or Select Subjects on the Left side (in EBSCO Databases)

NOTE: Feel free to click on "Show More" for more subject heading suggestions students can select.  They can click in more than one checkbox.

For articles that are really on the mark, take note and jot down key subject headings below the article record.

Subject Headings below article

Note: If after reading an individual article, student wants to find more like that article, that's when they may want to look at what that article has CITED and then in Articles Plus, student can copy and paste an individual article title to see if that's available in the Library's full text collection.

Subject Headings

Greenhouse Gases

Climatic Changes

Global Warming

Greenhosue Effect (Atmosphere)

Coal Gas

Environmental Justice

Environmental Rights

Environmental Racism

Environmental Refugees

Environmental Gentrification

Renewable Energy Sources

Clean Energy

Solar Energy

Water Power

Wind Power

Nuclear Energy

Zero Emissions Vehicles

Electric Vehicles

Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Fuel Cell Vehicles


Air Pollution

Water Pollution

Urban Pollution

Industrial Pollution

Carbon and the Environment

Chemical Spills

Electric Power Plants and the Environment

Electric Power Plants

Fossil Fuel Power Plants

Nuclear Power Plants

Steam Power Plants 

Wind Power Plants


Plastics and the Environment



Plastic Marine Debris

Biodegradable Plastics

Water Bottles

Plastic Bottles

Beverage Containers


Environmental Health

Environmentally Induced Diseases

Environmentally Induced Diseases in Children

Heart Diseases and the Environment

Developmental Toxicity