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HS101 - Chemical Dependency as a Disease: Subject Searching in Databases

How to search for materials to support the contention that addiction is a disease

Subject Searching in Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile can be found in the list of databases. To start a subject search, click the Subject Guide Search tab.

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Type in a topic you wish to search:

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Click search.  You may find your subject, or you may be guided to a different term.

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When you have found your term, you may wish to click Subdivisions to zero in on aspecific aspect of your subject.

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Click on a specific subdivision of your topic to search for that aspect of your subject.

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In the example we used there were over 1,000 articles on "heroin habit," but by using subdivisions we narrowed it down to 33 articles.

Subject Searching in Medline

Note: The MeSH heading subdivision or subheading that relates to the cause of a condition is "etiology."