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Distance Learning: Students

Access Iwasaki Library online collections and virtual services from any computer with internet.

What's the difference?

Keyword = word or phrase 

Keyword search in library database (like Multisearch or JSTOR) finds you words in title, abstract, or body text of article, book, etc.

  • Everyone starts their database search with keywords. But your search doesn't have to end with thousands of overwhelming results.

Subject Term = description of content

Subject search in library database finds you more of the same content.

A human indexer assigns subject terms to each article, book, and video, using a controlled vocabulary. It's like a strict hashtag system designed to help researchers and students find content faster.

  • Expert users start with keyword searches, then switch to searching interesting subject terms.

1. Keyword Search: Asian Stereotypes

More than 250,000 results is... a lot. There's some good stuff here. But more on-target content and fewer results would help.

Keyword Search

2. Open Article Related To Topic: Asian Stereotypes

  • Skim the Subject Terms list! Click relevant terms.
  • Easy, fast way to see more articles on similar subjects.
  • More precise than a keyword search in many cases.

Article View

3. Modified Subject Search: Model Minority Stereotype

  • 50 results more manageable than 250,000 results.
  • All results contain substantial content on the model minority stereotype. On target!

Subject Search