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Search Databases Like a Pro: Database Specific Vocabulary

Use a Database Thesaurus

Some databases offer researches the help of a thesarus - a controlled vocabulary of a carefully selected list of words and phrases assigned to database records to organize them by subject and make them easier to retrieve through a search.

The thesaurus displays a list of subject terms related to your topic: broader, narrower, and related terms. The list of subject terms may give you ideas for further searching. You can select one or more of the terms for use in composing a search.

ERIC - Educational Terms

PsychINFO for Psychology

MeSH - Medical Subject Headings


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