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Illinois Tech Library Guides
Subject Term Example
Say you want to learn about green construction. Here are a list of "official" subject terms for that area:
- CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
- CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
- DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
- ENERGY CONSUMPTION
- ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
- SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE
- SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
- SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS
- SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION
Note that none of them uses the term "green!"
Here's a quick way to find subject terms for your topic:
- Using a keyword search in the TITLE field for your topic (The TITLE field will help narrow your results to only the best ones.)
- Look at the citation (the brief description) information.
- Note the topics in the SUBJECT area that are similar to your keyword.
- Re-do your search using the Subject terms you noted.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
For the example above, there are two ways you can conduct your subject search:
1. Use the most common terms and perform a SUBJECT search (easiest)
2. Use OR to contatenate all of the subject terms together (most accurate)
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