Answered By: Chassity Burns
Last Updated: Jun 11, 2015     Views: 52

To get good results, think of other words and ideas associated with what you are looking for. You may also want to check out our guide to help you start the research process, which can be found here

You can also use an item you already found that you know is relevant to your research to help you find other things like it. Click on a title that is relevant to what you want. What will come up both in the catalog as well as any database, is the detailed item record. Inside this detailed detailed item record locate the Subject Terms.  A list of words is usually displayed of how the article is described. This is called the controlled vocabulary.

An example is vaccines.  Other terminology or subject terms to describe it are booster shots, immunization, childhood diseases. Using the name of the disease may also yield good results. Try searching with some of these words to find articles or books on this topic. 

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