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Using Database Thesauri & Subject Terms

Interview Presentation with Harrison College

Eddie Clem

on 20 March 2013

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Transcript of Using Database Thesauri & Subject Terms

An Interview Instructional Session with Harrison College Presented by Eddie Clem, MLS Step 1 You will first need to log into Academic Search Premier and select "Subject Terms" in the top blue bar. Step 2 Type your search term in the search box under the second blue bar under "Browsing." In this example, we are using "business plans." Click Browse. Step 3 When searching for "Business Plans," we see that we should use "Business planning" instead. Click on the hyperlinked "Business planning" to see the scope note. Using Database Thesauri &
Subject Terms for Better Search Results Step 4 When you click on the "Business Planning" subject term, you will see the scope note and related terms. Step 5 Review the Broader, Narrower, and Related Terms. As per the Scope Note, use "Business planning" only if a narrower topic does not exist for your specific search question. Step 6 Since we have determined that a narrower term does NOT exist in ASP for our search question, we will use "business planning" in the top search box to begin searching for journal articles. Step 7 Since we've only used one, very broad search term, we have returned A LOT of results! We will begin the process by reviewing the results, revising or adding terms, and searching again! Activity/Ice-Breaker
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Finding Subject Terms in ASP
Choosing Subject Terms
Scope Notes
Broader/Narrower/Related Terms Revisited
Reviewing Additional Subject Terms in Records
Q&A May 11, 2012 http://www.carleclem.com/ Question & Answer Time! Today, we've covered:
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Finding Subject Terms in ASP
Selecting Subject Terms
Scope Notes
Broader/Narrower/Related Terms
Finding Similar Subject Terms in Records Important? Return fewer results...a good thing! Retrieve More Accurate Results on YOUR Topic Not all databases use the same terms Let's see controlled vocabulary
in action!

Enter Academic Search Premier Subject headings are a set of terms or phrases (known as controlled vocabulary) that classify materials. Essentially they identify and pull together under a common umbrella information about a given subject. Most online catalogs and databases use some form of subject headings, though they may also be called descriptors, tracings, or subject terms. Subject Headings Subject terms are listed in alphabetical order.
Valid subject headings will be listed in bold type.
Non-valid subject headings will include a USE reference directing you to the correct subject term.
The use of dashes -- in a subject heading list designates further subdivisions that will make a subject heading more specific. Abbreviations

BT - Broader Topic - Use to expand your search using a broader topic.

NT - Narrower Topics - Use to focus your search using a narrower topic.

RT - Related Topic - Alternative terminology for your topic.

UF - Used For - This is the appropriate subject heading is use for these words. DO NOT search by words listed as UF.

USE - Identifies the correct heading to use for your topic. The Subject Terms in the Record Record Preview Ice Breaker On your card, write:
Under HEALTH, write synonyms or other words or phrases that can be substituted for health. VS. CONTROLLED Does this feel like you? We can help! Can't find articles with Google using keywords? On the back of your card, write 2-4 things you learned today!
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