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PUBPOL 415: Adaptive Leadership: Getting Started

for the Service Opportunities in Learning (SOL) program; Prof. Blount

Brainstorming search terms

What search terms will you use to find information related to your social issue topics? 

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    Subject Headings

    Use the Advanced Search of the catalog for best results.

    Note the subject headings that come up on the left of your results; click on them to narrow your search or use them in different combinations in a new search.

    Also called DESCRIPTORS in some databases, these terms ensure that your search is relevant.

    Try the following in the catalog and databases, designating subject heading/ descriptor as the field to search.

    Use them alone or combined with other tems using AND:

    • nonprofit organizations AND management
    • globalization
    • microfinance
    • needs assessment
    • health care OR healthcare
    • humanitarian assistance, human rights
    • sustainable development
    • world health
    • sources [add to other subject keywords to find primary sources in the catalog]


    Some of these are also DESCRIPTORS in some databases

    • leadership, or political leadership
    • decision*

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