What are database subject headings?
Subject headings are official terms that have been selected and assigned to describe the content of an article in a database. These headings are useful because they designate one term to describe something that may be referenced by various different terms. For example, if you search for one specific term and the author of an article is using a different term to describe the same thing, you could miss out on finding that article. Therefore, when doing advanced searching in databases, you should try to identify the subject terms for your topic so you do not miss out on articles. This page contains information on finding and searching with subject terms.