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IHW 305: Approaches to Care: Systems of Medicine: Subject Terms

Turning a Topic Idea into Preferred Subject Terms

  • Identify the key elements of your topic
  • Search for 1 element (keyword) at a time
  • Locate the preferred subject terms for each element of your topic by perusing the list on the left sidebar.
    The list below resulted from a Complementary Medicine @ MEDLINE search for [herbalism].

  • Select Show More to see a list of the top 50 subject terms.
  • Keep a list of the best search terms (different databases may use different terms).

Searching Effectively

Once you have an idea of the database subject terms, use punctuation to keep phrases together.

Herbalism led to the subject terms Herbal Medicine and also Plants, Medicinal >

Terms entered as ["herbal medicine" or "plants medicinal"] to find articles with either subject.

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