Keyword Search Strategies
When books and articles were written and cataloged in the past, terms were used that we now would consider somewhat outdated. Remember, to make certain you are searching comprehensively, it is sometimes necessary to use terms that were commonplace in the past. Below are some examples of keywords to search when using the library catalog or the research databases.
||Researching by country, such as:
You may want to consider combining keywords to narrow your search.
- Mexican Americans AND mental health
- Latinos AND higher education
- Cuba AND culture
You can also broaden your search by adding OR between the keywords or phrases:
- Hispanic OR Latino
- Hispanic Americans OR Mexican Americans
Searching by Subject
Once you find a book, check out the subject terms associated on the library catalog record. These subject terms are another good way to find additional sources.
For example, looking at the catalog record below, you can click on any of the subject terms to locate more resources.
||Transiciones : Pathways of Latinas and Latinos Writing in High school and College / Todd Ruecker