Communication Studies 046 (Eisenberg-Todd): 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

Poverty -- United States




Poor youth
Urban youth

Poor youth -- United States -- Case studies
Urban youth -- United States -- Case studies

Public welfare--United States--History
Poverty--Government policy--United States--History
Economic assistance, Domestic--United States--History
Poor--Political activity--United States--History


Involuntary Relocation

Neighborhood Change

Urban Renewal



Social Mobility

Economic Mobility

Downward Mobility


Social Status

Social Stratification

Social Classes

Poor People

Working Class



Homeless Persons

Homeless Children

Homeless Veterans


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.

Upward Mobility




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.


Earthquakes AND California