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  • Subject searching means that not only are you searching by topic, but usually means that you are searching by standard subject headings such as Library of Congress Subject headings or standard subject headings defined by the database, such as ERIC descriptors.

  • Each database or catalog handles this differently and sometimes you will get results that are similar to what you search if you don't use the exact heading in the index, but other times you will get no results.

  • This type of search can be valuable if you know the terms indexed or can look them up in the database.

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