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Researchers typically read only a few pages of a reference book to get an overview of a topic and discover the useful keywords and issues that will help them find more books and articles.
Uses natural language. Type a word or phrase. Use only simple words and phrases--no sentences.
With keyword you can search for simply “motion picture”
Expand your results by using OR -- (teen or adolescent or teenager)
Focus your results by using AND-- motion picture AND coming of age
Put quotes or parentheses around phrases when you want to retrieve all of the words, in the exact order given. Example: " berlin wall”
You can use an * to retrieve multiple variants of a word with one efficient search. Example: fantast* retrieves results with fantasy, fantastic, fantastical
It can be useful to start with a keyword search and use the results to identify the subject headings to use in a Subject search.
Examples of relevant Library of Congress Subject Headings