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ERIC (EBSCOhost): Subject Terms

A guide to effectively using ERIC to search for education related articles, including strategies, finding full text, emailing or printing articles, exporting to RefWorks, and more.

How can I locate subject terms for my search?

Subject terms are available in the following areas:

    • On the results list page, locate the Subject box in the left column. Click on boxes in front of subject terms and it will automatically update to limit them to your search.


  • In the individual article record, click on a term in the list of Descriptors to run a new search for articles with the term

Using the Thesaurus

Some databases rely heavily upon using a "controlled vocabulary". What is this? It is considered the official list of words and phrases that are used to describe an article. How do you find these words? Use their Thesaurus, located at the top of each page:

Enter the search term you would like to use to see if it is on their list or if there is another term used: