Defining the QuestionSearching by Keyword - Advantages

  • Keyword searching is useful when appropriate subject terms are unknown. Subject terms are words assigned to an article or a book by an indexer or cataloger.
  • Keyword searching is a good way to identify appropriate subject terms for your concepts.
  • Keyword searching is particularly advantageous for new concepts or buzzwords that have not been assigned subject terms.
  • Common phrases, representing specific concepts, may also be used as keywords; for example, speaker of the house or latchkey children.

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