Search Examples

Use a variety of relevant databases and search expressions, as shown in the examples below.
Set limits, such as date and peer-reviewed articles, in the left sidebar or in advanced search.

opens new window DE "HISTORY of child welfare" (subject search in Sociological Collection)
opens new windowDE "CHILD welfare & ethics" (subject search in Sociological Collection and SocINDEX with Full Text)

opens new window"child welfare" AND "child maltreatment" AND "case studies" (phrase search in Sociological Collection and SocINDEX with Full Text)

opens new windowDE "CHILD protection services" (subject search in Legal Collection)
opens new window DE "CHILD protection services" AND reporting laws" (subject and keyword search in Legal Collection)

Subject Terms (in the top menu bar in EBSCO databases)

Use database subject terms for efficient searching. Find and select your terms then add keyword to the search, as needed, for more relevant results.

  1. Click Subject, Subject Terms or Subject Headings in the top menu bar.
  2. Key your term in the browsing text box.
  3. Mark relevant subject. Click Add. Click Search.

SocINDEX Subjects

Subject Limiters (in the left sidebar in EBSCO databases)

After a search in EBSCO when you have a list of results, look for subject link options in the left sidebar to narrow your results or get additional terms you may choose to add to your search. Click an option, then click "Show more." Mark relevant subjects or use some terms to add to and refine your results.

EBSCO subject limiter



  • Combine keyword and subject searching.
  • Combine several subjects searches.
  • Combine a previous searches and new terms.


  • Use limiters listed on the advanced search page or in the left sidebar to refine your search.
  • What are your paper requirements? Set relevant limits, such as Date, Scholarly Peer-Reviewed articles, and other limiters to refine your search.