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ED 275: Foundations: Parent/Child Relationships: Search Terms

Subject Headings to Consider

As you are searching the online catalog and databases, always take note of the Subjects being used to describe the source you are viewing. This can give you great ideas of terms to use in your next search!  For your project, here are some suggested subject terms to consider:

minority                                family life
ethnic groups                       culture
parents                                 customs
parenting                              acculturation
parent & child                       assimilation
parenting style(s)                  interpersonal relations

families                                "family structure"
community dynamics            kinship

Cultural Terms

For your individual cultural/ethnic groups, there are often different search terms to try.  Here are some examples:

  • Native American = Indians of North America OR American Indian OR specific tribe such as Navajo Indians or Ojibwa Indians
  • Ethiopia = Ethiopia OR specific ethnic group such as Oromo (African people)
  • African American = African Americans
  • Thailand = Thais OR Thai Americans

If you have trouble finding materials, contact a librarian to ask for search term alternatives for your specific culture/ethnic group.