UCOLL 300 - Unit III - Academic Focus
By this time in your progress, you hopefully have kept a list of vocabulary terms, new phrases, and alternative ways of expressing your topic. Within subject databases, it is especially important to be aware of the professional vocabulary of your topic – and how that topic is expressed within the database.
How can you do this? One way is by exploring the database thesaurus, subject descriptors, or subject headings. The database ERIC (education), for example, contains its own thesaurus to help you come up with the right search vocabulary.