The first step in the search process is to know what you are searching for! So, you should think about your topic, and brainstorm different words that describe what you want to research. Watch this video to learn how to brainstorm a topic and come up with keywords.
Subject Terms are like hash tags (#); databases use these terms to tag an article to help you find it. It is the databases' specific language or a way to describe an article. You can use subjects in a search by putting them in a search box, or clicking on a term in your results list to further explore the articles that are tagged with that term. See the example below:
The Libraries’ website allows you to access hundreds of databases. Each database stores and organizes journals either on one area of study, or on multiple areas of study. Journals are where articles are located. You can search for articles in a variety of ways, for example:
Each article in a database is represented by a record that gives you an overview of information about the article including the title, author, subject terms, and ways to access the article.