How do I use a database's thesaurus?


Some databases will provide a thesaurus that allows you to search what terms are official subjects (sometimes called subject terms or descriptors) in the database.  These terms are then assigned to item records to describe the main topics of that item.

Watch the video below to see how to find and use a database thesaurus. Remember that not all databases will have a thesaurus.


  • Last Updated Oct 15, 2021
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