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ENGL102: Composition II, Stacey Levine

Use this guide as a starting point for your research inspired by If Beale Street Could Talk.

Keywords and Subject Headings

As you generate search terms, it will be helpful to prepare a list that includes keywords (important words or phrases) and subject headings (which are like pre-assigned tags for articles). You can find inspiration for keywords within the text of an article, book, etc. You can find examples of subject headings while browsing search results in a periodical database. 

Keywords are important words or phrases within text. Subject headings are specific vocabulary assigned by database indexers.

Search Terms - Video Tutorials

These short video tutorials provide strategies for generating search terms, broadening & narrowing search terms, and using search terms together for advanced searching.