We normally begin searching with a keyword search.
This is always a good start but it can sometimes retrieve irrelevant records.
To be more precise, try using the subject terms (also called descriptors or subject headings)
assigned by most databases. These are defined words or phrases that are tagged by experts to
each record in the database:
For example: if you run a simple search in the database
Communication and Mass Media
Complete for political campaigns, it will return all articles that mention political
campaigns, including articles that may just mention it in passing.
But if you go to Communication and Mass Media Complete’s thesaurus
for the subject term political campaigns, it will direct you to articles that
are about political campaigns.
Searching for articles using subject headings is strongly recommended for students using
the the Nursing database Cinahl Plus with Full Text. Click
here to view a video on
using subject headings in Cinahl for more precise searching .