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MDS 389: Interdisciplinary Research Methods

Library resources to support students conducting interdisciplinary research

Search terms


classification system
social class






In various disciplines, terminology or nomenclature (the system of names in a particular field) can be very important

The same word in one discipline may have a different meaning in the context of another

Look up definitions, suitable search terms and nomenclature for your discipline (dictionary, glossary, thesaurus, taxonomy)




Keep a list of important words to describe the research project you are working on

Identify useful search terms from Subject Headings, descriptors, hashtags, subjects, keywords, thesauri, indexes

Mark the words that get good results 

Add to your list based on terms you note while viewing your search results 

Combine, mix, and recombine a variety of terms