English 101 A (Mclean): Absolute Diary of a Part-Time Indian: Search Terms

Native american reservations, education/schools, alcoholism/addiction, poverty, Native American political resistance movements, Native Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area, "cultural appropriation", stereotypes of Native Americans, the Spokane Indians

LCSH History

Library of Congress Subject Headings

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

 

Indians of North America

Spokane Indians

Ohlone Indians

Ohlone (North American People)

California (North American People)

Whites

Blacks

Racially Mixed People

Race Identity

 

Race Relations

Ethnic Relations

Cultural Relations

Racial minorities

Racial Awareness

Discrimination

Cultural Awareness

Social Justice

Equality

Distributive Justice

Equality Before the Law

Justice

Social Advocacy

Civil Rights Movements

Protest Movements

Social Movements

Peace Movements

American Indian Movement

 

 

 

 

 

Power (Social Sciences)

Community Power

Corporate Power

Communities

Political Participation

 

Cultural Appropriation

 

Cross-Cultural Differences

 

 

Stereotypes

Stereotypes (Social Psychology)

Alcoholism

Addiction

 

 

       

 

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.

Native Americans

North American Indians

Costanoans

 

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

Social ClassAND Sentencing

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

Sex Differences AND Communication


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