Using What You've Already Found to Find More

There are many ways to expand your research using the results of your initial search.

  • Scan through titles, abstracts, and introductions to discover additional keywords to try. 
  • Try searching for more items by the author of an item you have already found. 
  • Most databases have subject headings (sometimes called descriptors or keywords) that are assigned to each item. These terms are the official vocabulary for all items in the database on the same topic. Look for these in a OneSearch record by clicking on “Preview.” Click on each subject to find more items. 

Screenshot of journal article result in OneSearch. The search result includes: "Publication Title," "Publisher," "Volume," "Issue," "Start Page," "Date," "ISSN," "Subjects," and "Language" and their respective information. The "Subjects" heading and its accompanying subject terms are enclosed in a red rectangle to indicate their location on the page. Also, at the top of the screenshot are five gray icons: two interconnected links, quotation mark, envelope, a folder with a plus sign, and an ellipsis.
Screenshot of journal article result in OneSearch. The search result includes: "Publication Title," "Publisher," "Volume," "Issue," "Start Page," "Date," "ISSN," "Subjects," and "Language" and their respective information. The "Subjects" heading and its accompanying subject terms are enclosed in a red rectangle to indicate their location on the page. Also, at the top of the screenshot are five gray icons: two interconnected links, quotation mark, envelope, a folder with a plus sign, and an ellipsis.
  • Don’t forget to check the bibliography or literature cited sections of the items you have already found.  They can lead you to many more related items.