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ESAT 264: Health Promotions: Topics/Keywords

Keywords to Try When Searching

Try searches using the following keywords:
Place quotation marks around phrases of more than 1 word when searching. (EX: "artificial intelligence")

social environment

cultural environment

growth factors

development factors

health information

health promotion

community health

environmental health

family health

injury prevention

Subject Headings to Try When Searching

Keywords are useful as a first step in searching when you're trying to find the terminology that is works best for researching your topic. You can look through your results for possisble subject terms and use those to narrow your results even further.

When using an EBSCO database to search subject terms, change the "Select a Field" option to indicate "SU Subject Terms."

Place quotation marks around your subject terms as indicated above.


Here are some subject headings you might use in your search:



VIRUS diseases -- Transmission

CENTERS for Disease Control & Prevention

HUMAN abnormalities -- Etiology

PUBLIC health

YOUTH -- Health

WOUNDS & injuries -- Prevention

HEALTH programs


Finding and Narrowing a Topic

Find ideas in the syllabus, your text, class discussion, or Google News.

   Narrow down a broad topic by asking yourself
   the 5 W's: who? what? where? when? why?

   As you search the databases, looking at
   subject headings and abstracts can help you
                focus your topic.

Boolean Operators

Using Boolean operators (AND, OR, and NOT) with your keywords will help you narrow or expand your results.

The highlighted middle section represents the use of AND. Searching for poverty AND addiction will give you results with both words present. Therefore, your results are fewer.

Using OR between similar keywords will give you results that include both words. Therefore, your results are greater. A search for teenagers OR adolescents will retrieve either or both terms.

The NOT operator gives you results from only one of your words. Therefore, your results are fewer. Searching for addiction NOT alcohol will eliminate alcohol from the results.

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