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.
You have the opportunity to explore a topic that is of high interest to you. Some suggestions from your instructors:
Just using the phrases listed above, you can easily locate the vocabulary used to describe these ideas. Here are some samples:
Roman Inquisition in 1615
Catholic church leaders
Religion and Science AND History
Inquisition AND Italy AND Rome AND History AND 16th century
Catholic Church AND History AND 16th century
Urban VIII, Pope, 1568-1644
Individual research projects
Testing on human subjects
Testing on animal subjects
Funding for research
Research AND Moral and ethical aspects
Religion and ethics
Stem Cell Research
Infertility and birth control
Stem cells AND Research
Search any of these in combination with terms like: ethics, morals, religious aspects, and so on
Controversy regarding science standards in Kansas Schools
Kansas State Board of Education
Evolution, intelligent design, creation
Evolution (Biology) AND Study and teaching AND Kansas
Intelligent design (Teleology) AND Study and teaching
Creationism AND Study and teaching AND Kansas
|Scopes Monkey Trail||
Scopes, John Thomas AND Trials, litigation, etc.
American Civil Liberties Union
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938
Evolution AND Study and teaching
Genetically modified organism
Genetically modified foods
Food AND Biotechnology
Plant genetic engineering
Again, you will want to search these terms with: ethics, morals, religious aspects and so on
If you're really not sure where to start, begin by doing keyword searches, making careful note of subject headings and other phrases and keywords in book and article records.
Once you see a subject heading that you think would be useful to use as a basis or central idea for searching, click on that subject heading on the record. This will redo your search and pull up only items that have that subject heading as the central theme for the book or article, rather than just as a secondary or incidental idea. You can then use keywords to refine your search.