Answered By: Amanda Starkel
Last Updated: Jun 17, 2022     Views: 52

First, here's a video with a bit of background about selecting good keywords. Also, we encourage you to be aware of the difference between keywords and subject headings.

Library resources assist you in identifying keywords in a few different ways:

  • Most results pages within our databases (and WorldCat Discovery) include a subject limiter section. Typically this is in the left column. It displays the subject headings that are returning with most frequency. 

WorldCat Discovery subject limiter, left column

  • Most description fields within results records lists subject headings. Within EBSCO databases, thses are hyperlinked, so you can quickly click and run a search with the new term.

EBSCO record with subject terms highlighted

You may also find helpful information in the library's Searching Library Databases LibGuide at