The information on this page is aimed at helping you pause a moment to think about your topic, even before you start searching. The following sub-tabs to the left can be used to navigate this portion of the guide and help you locate different types of sources.
Keywords are the search terms you use to find information on your topic. You use keywords to search library tools or the web.
Keywords denote the core idea, concept, name, or event you want to learn about.
Ex: global warming = greenhouse emissions, carbon emissions, greenhouse effect, global warming AND environmental policy, or the Kyoto accord.
Combine keywords with Boolean operators "AND"and "OR" to get more relevant results.
Subject Terms are the keywords the library catalog and databases use to put articles on the same subject together. Use the subject terms you find in library databases for a more precise search vocabulary.
Ex: use "environmental policy" instead of "climate policy"