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Writing 10 (Contreras): Subject Headings

College Reading & Composition

Keywords vs. Subjects

keywords vs subjects chart

Subject Headings Activity

Identify Subject Headings

It can also be helpful to use subject headings, which are pre-set terms used to tag resources on similar subjects.

Subject Headings Example

Tips for Finding Subject Headings

  • Most EBSCO databases have a tool to help you discover subject terms. See Academic Search Complete > Subject Terms and Academic Search Complete > Subject Terms: Thesaurus
  • Most ProQuest databases have a tool to help you discover subject terms: See PsycInfo > Thesaurus
  • When you find a useful article, look at the article's Subject Headings, and record them as possible search terms to use in a subject term search.