- Use keyword when your term may be very new, very
distinctive, or jargon, e.g.
- Use a variety of keywords. There may be
additional items on your topic that use different
- Be aware that you may retrieve items not related
to your topic (called false drops)
- When you cannot remember the exact title of an
item, do a keyword search using the title words
New topics such as "sustainable
architecture" may not yet be included in the
library's special list of terms.
Using the appropriate subject heading for a topic
will retrieve all items in the
database indexed under that topic.
If you do not know the appropriate subject
heading for your topic, conduct a keyword search
first and look at the subject heading(s) of a