In the previous video, we looked to our discover relevant subject tags for your topic using Anywhere Searching. In this video, we're going to build on that strategy by using the database's thesaurus to help us discover other subject tags and explore some ways we can use them to expand our search. Let's go ahead and open up Sociological Abstracts. Previously, we had looked at the subject tag "poverty." Let's go ahead and look up poverty in the thesauri. To do this, you need to click on Advanced, and then Select. Let's go ahead and clear our form from our previous search. Thesaurus, and we're searching for poverty.
By clicking on "poverty," you can see the broader and narrower terms. Clicking on the icon to the right of it, you can see related terms. It's a good idea to scroll through these to look at other possibility of search terms that you might want to use in any database or in this database specifically. Keep in mind, if you use it in another database, it might not be a subject heading.
Let's go ahead and select economic conditions. You'll notice that economic conditions does not have any broader terms, but the narrower terms includes our term "poverty." You can explore the related terms by clicking on the icon to the right. And we're going to go ahead and select this particular island and explode it. What that means is it's going to search for economic conditions and also these narrower terms. You can see, it's selected.
Let's go ahead and also search for any subject tags with the word "children" in it. You'll notice that we search with the word "contains" words, and you can see many subject tags that have the word "children." If we select "begins with," this would help us find the word "children." Again, we can explore broader and narrower terms. We can look at related terms. For this demonstration, we want to select Age Groups, and go ahead and explode that as well. And you'll notice it added this to your search strategy.
What we need to do is we need to decide how we want to combine these two terms. Do we want to combine them with "or," "and," or "not?" If we combine them with "or," it means any record could have either one of these; if it's "and," they must have both of these; and if it's "not," any record that does not contain these two items will show up. We're going to combine them using "and" and add this to our search. You can see, the syntax is written down into our search strategy. We can go ahead and search. And this will provide us results from our search using the thesauri.
So using the thesauri, we can search for other suitable terms that are narrower or broader. We can use it to explode words to combine words that have like-meaning. And we can also explore the result to see if there are other suitable subjects that we want to explore further, simply by going down to the Facets, looking at the subjects, and again, exploring these. Each one of these subjects you can explore in the thesauri to see narrower and broader terms.