Library Skills for All Students

Using Controlled Vocabulary

These videos provide tips and techniques that will help you advance beyond basic searching by employing controlled vocabulary from a thesaurus in specialized databases or by using advanced search strategies when not using controlled vocabulary. 

The content in these videos will help you:

  • Define the phrase "controlled vocabulary".
  • Explain the difference between keywords and subject terms or descriptors.
  • Construct an advanced search using the library catalog.
  • Construct an advanced search in a specialized database using controlled vocabulary terms.


Video tutorial on controlled vocabulary

View the video about the definition of the phrase "controlled vocabulary" and how such terms are used in database searches.

Advanced Searching in Specialized Databases

The videos below illustrate how to use controlled vocabulary with specialized databases like Education Source.