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EXS101: Introduction to Exercise Science, Kinesiology, and Physical Education (Sawyer)

This guide was designed to support students enrolled in EXS101, however, others researching exercise science might also find the content useful.

What is a database?

A database is used to store information and that information must be retrievable.  In the case of library databases, keywords or search terms are used to get to the stored information, which includes among other resources e-books and articles.     

GCC Library Databases

What are keywords?

Think of words or phrases that best describe the topic you are searching.  It is important to remember that individual authors might use different language to describe a topic. Concepts can be identified using various words so it is helpful to come up with synonyms or related terms, as well.

Keywords Synonyms Related words 
bmi, body mass index quetelet index, weight obesity, heart disease, accuracy

The drawback of using natural language or keywords is that the entire bibliographic record is searched. Because of this results will vary and may be unrelated to the topic.  

What keywords can be developed for this research topic?

Exercise is beneficial for seniors.

Google -- recommended uses

When used with caution, the open web can be a useful source of definitions and keywords --





Google Web Search

What are subject terms?

Subject headings or controlled vocabulary are terms assigned in the database to identify particular topics.  Database thesauri can be used to identify subject terms.

Subject terms search the subject heading field of the bibliographic record.  This specificity limits the search and creates more relevant results.  

Off campus access

For off campus access to electronic resources, or when using a mobile device on campus, students will need to log in with their MEID and password.  

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