Using Databases

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Find information on a specific subject

 When you search for information by subject, only the subject field (sometimes called descriptor or subject heading) of a record will be searched for the words you type into the database. You are searching for specific words that the creators of the database assigned to the record of an article (book, video, etc.) to best describe its subject.

It is necessary to know the exact terms that have been used for the subject search to work. If you type "feminine stereotypes in film" as your subject search you probably won’t find anything.  The most commonly used words to describe that subject are “women in motion pictures,” a considerably broader subject than “feminine stereotypes in film.”



Keyword searches allow you to search for words in any part of the record.

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