Assume that you are doing a subject heading search in Franklin for books about the history of French film. If you tried the following searches you would receive the following results:
Only one combination of terms is successful! The others return no results! This aspect of subject heading searches can make such searching difficult unless you already have some idea of what the subject heading is.
- Try a keyword search. This will frequently work fine, but by using keyword searches you lose the benefits of subject searches.
- Use a keyword search to locate a subject heading.
- Some databases will allow you to do a subject heading keyword search. This will search for specific words in the subject headings area of records--you will not need to know the exact combination of words in the subject heading to get quality results.