Developing a strong search strategy can save you time when it is time to search for resources. Rather than doing general searching using Google, we recommend that you search using the library databases. Searching Google is much different than searching library databases.
One facet of database searching that can be difficult to get used to is subject heading or keyword searches. Rather than typing a question in and expecting instant results, users need to focus on identifying and using controlled language searches.
Identifying controlled language for subject headings and keywords is beneficial for the savvy researcher. Controlled language is typically assigned by the Library of Congress and is then used universally (or at least in English) by vendors and publishers when identifying main points and ideas for their books, journals and other publications.
Once the controlled language for your topic is identified, database searching is usually much easier.
Language used on websites by various entities can often be arbitrary and inconsistent.
Below is a partial list of the topics provided by Professor Weber along with the official subject heading that goes along with it, as well as other suggestions that might be helpful to get started with your searching.
|Topic List||Subject Heading|
X, Malcolm, 1925-1965
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
|Assassination of James Garfield||
Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881
Search with AND Assassination
Presidents, Assassination, United States
Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939
Droughts, Great Plains
Droughts, Great Plains, History, 20th Century
Depressions, 1929, United States
|Bonnie & Clyde||
Parker, Bonnie, 1910-1934
Barrow, Clyde, 1909-1934
Brigands and robbers
|Cuban Missile Crisis||
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
Cuba, Foreign relations, United States
Castro, Fidel, 1926-2016
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
|The Rise of Fast Food||
Fast food restaurants AND history
Fast food AND Social aspects
You can also limit your search results to the oldest dates for articles to get a more historical perspective--articles and news from that time period!
Nye, Gerald P. (Gerald Prentice), 1892-1971
Military weapons, History, 20th century
United States. Congress. Senate. Special Committee to Investigate the Munitions Industry
Indian code talkers OR Native American code talkers
United States History World War 1939-1944 Cryptography
United States Armed Forces Indians OR United States Armed Forces Native American
Sensationalism in journalism, United States, History, 19th century
Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951
Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911
Tet Offensive, 1968
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Hồ, Chí Minh, 1890-1969
Võ, Nguyên Giáp, 1911-2013
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
|History of the Olympics||
Specific games: Olympic Games (11th : 1936 : Berlin, Germany)
If you need assistance understanding or locating subject headings for the topic you've selected, please stop in Dugan Library and ask one of our librarians! We would love to help you get started!