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Resources for Graduate Students: Search Strategies

Library resources and other research help geared toward Doctoral students.

Finding Articles in Databases

For effective searching it is important to understand the difference between Keywordsearching and Subject Term searching in databases.

Keyword searching asks the search engine to look for every article that has the keywords in it, so an article may, or may not, be on the subject you are interested in researching.

Controlled Vocabulary searching (using Descriptors or Subjects) asks the search engine to look for every article that is related to the concept represented by the Controlled Vocabulary you are using.

What is a library database?

Generating Search Terms