Posted by rveal included in Research Tips
Many times learners call or email the Library because the search terms they are using are not giving them the results they want in the databases. We are happy to help you figure out what keywords work best, but often as librarians we consult a tool in the databases that is also available to you.
Most of the Library databases have a link to a Thesaurus (sometimes it is called Browse Topics or Subjects) which will suggest related or alternative terms to search. It’s not the first thing people think of doing when they start searching a database, but doing a little “research” on keywords at the beginning of your search may help you find those “perfect” articles sooner rather than later.