Browsing a Thesaurus or Index
Getting an exact term
Some databases let you search the subject headings directly. A list of subject headings used in a particular database is often referred to as a thesaurus. They are available through the index or subject search tools like these examples.
When you click on one of these buttons you will be taken to a screen with an input box and a "Search" button.
The index displays an alphabetical list of subject headings used in the database.
Some databases have sophisticated thesauri that provide cross-references. These are usually accessible through a Thesaurus or Subjects button. If you type in "death penalty," the thesaurus might have an entry that tells you to use "capital punishment" instead. Some thesauri also include a description of the term, and a list of broader, narrower, and related terms.