Identify keywords that relate to your topic to assist you when you are searching for resources. Often different words can describe the same concepts and as a researcher, you can never be sure which keywords will bring back the information you are looking for.
Brainstorm related terms, broader terms and narrower terms related to your topic.
A Keyword (or Basic) Search
•Looks in several locations (usually subject, article title, abstracts or contents)
•Does not require an exact match
•Generates comparatively large number of hits (not precise)
•Good if you are not familiar with terminology
A Subject Search
•Looks in one place – subject
•Usually requires an exact match between your term and a pre-set list of terms
•Can be used after keyword search has identified specific subjects