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SW 343: Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Search Advice

Turning a Topic Idea into an 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 SocINDEX search for [maltreated youth].

  • 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.

Maltreated Youth led to the subject terms Child Abuse and also Abused Children >

Terms entered as ["child abuse" or "abused children"] to find articles with either subject.

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