What are Subject Headings?<br />Subject Headings are <br />controlled vocabulary terms <br />used to classify items. <br />
What are Subject Headings?<br />Catalogs (e.g. MNCAT) include Subject Headings in their records to describe the content of...
What are Subject Headings?<br />Article databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier) use Subject Headings, or Descriptors, to ...
Why Use Subject Headings?<br />A Subject Heading identifies a concept rather than a specific word. It allows you to search...
Why Use Subject Headings?<br />In a Subject Heading search, "teenager" will return results with related concepts, includin...
adolescent, adolescents, adolescence...
and so on...</li></li></ul><li>Searching with Subject Headings<br />Searching by Subject Heading requires finding the term...
Second, use that term to search the database.</li></li></ul><li>Here's an example of how to search for a subject heading i...
Here's an example of how to search for a subject heading in Academic Search Premier - AVI.<br /> <br />
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  1. 1. What are Subject Headings?<br />Subject Headings are <br />controlled vocabulary terms <br />used to classify items. <br />
  2. 2. What are Subject Headings?<br />Catalogs (e.g. MNCAT) include Subject Headings in their records to describe the content of books, journals and other types of materials. <br />
  3. 3. What are Subject Headings?<br />Article databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier) use Subject Headings, or Descriptors, to describe the content of articles.<br />
  4. 4. Why Use Subject Headings?<br />A Subject Heading identifies a concept rather than a specific word. It allows you to search broadly.<br />For example, in an ordinary keyword search, the term "teenager" will only return results with the word "teenager" included.<br />
  5. 5. Why Use Subject Headings?<br />In a Subject Heading search, "teenager" will return results with related concepts, including:<br /><ul><li>teen, teens, teenager, teenagers...
  6. 6. adolescent, adolescents, adolescence...
  7. 7. and so on...</li></li></ul><li>Searching with Subject Headings<br />Searching by Subject Heading requires finding the term that best describes the concept. Most databases do this by including a Thesaurus or Headings database. This makes searching using Subject Headings a two step process:<br /><ul><li>First, identify the Subject Heading term that best denotes the concept.
  8. 8. Second, use that term to search the database.</li></li></ul><li>Here's an example of how to search for a subject heading in Academic Search Premier - WMV.<br /> <br />
  9. 9. Here's an example of how to search for a subject heading in Academic Search Premier - AVI.<br /> <br />
  10. 10. Searching with Subject Headings<br />Most searches require combining multiple Subject Headings sets to arrive at the ideal set of results. <br />In addition, searching is inherently an iterative process, and multiple searches are often necessary to fully access the literature.<br />

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