Section 3.2 exercises

EXERCISE 1 – Information retrieval, subject headings and thesauruses

  1. Go to the thesaurus in the ERIC database and look for subject headings to use in a search on the subject “Rearing of gifted children”.
  2. Create a search sentence by combining the subject headings you found in the previous exercise with Boolean operators. Truncate words with a ? at the end.

ANSWERS

EXERCISE 1 – Information retrieval, subject headings and thesauruses

  1. Open the thesaurus in ERIC and tick the box “Include Synonyms”. Search for the subject heading ”gifted children”.

4.2. exe1

At the term ”Gifted children”, the thesaurus directs you to use the subject heading “gifted”, for which one of the related terms in this subject field is “Talent”.
Then look for the term “child rearing”. By clicking on the subject heading, you will see more related terms: ”Parent Child Relationship”, ”Parenting Skills” and ”Parenting Styles”
For this information search, the list of subject headings in the ERIC thesaurus could look like this:
Gifted
Talent
Child Rearing
Parent Child Relationship
Parenting Skills
Parenting Styles

2. By truncating the search words with ? and combining them with Boolean operators, you can form the search phrase (gifted OR talent) AND parent? AND “child rearing”, for example.