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The following links lead you to our online databases, which contain articles, books, podcasts, videos, and more. Also, check out our individual subject guides for more detailed information related to your field of study.

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Searching by Subject

What is the difference between a keyword and a subject heading?

Let's say you're in the grocery store, and you're there to get noodles of some kind. Spaghetti is the most common, so you look for a sign that says "spaghetti," but you can't find it. Why can't you find that sign? Because the sign you want says "Pasta" and includes not only spaghetti, but manicotti, macaroni, lasagna, penne, orzo and more.

In this example, Spaghetti is a keyword. Pasta is a subject heading.

If you were to search for spaghetti as a keyword, you might find yourself looking at Spaghetti Westerns on your search screen. Is that what you wanted to find?

Searching for pasta as a subject heading would include the type of spaghetti you want, as well as other types of pasta.

Library Databases are organized by subject heading. Google is not!

Search smart!