On this page you will find tips and suggestions for locating and accessing resources. Scroll down the page for information tailored specifically to researching SDOH topics. In the Example searches box you will also find a list of searches that have already been performed, giving you access to scholarly search results on a variety of topics.
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Video: Keyword and Subject Searching
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Thoreau is a great tool for performing a search across a large portion of our general collection. You can use Thoreau to explore and discover articles on a variety of topics related to African American studies.
Research starters contain brief overviews of topics. You can find background information, an overview of the topic, important concepts, and a bibliography of relevant literature.
A subject term is a standardized word or phrase that describes a main idea in the article. When an article is added to a database, the database will assign subject terms to the article from the database's list of subjects. Most articles will have from 3 to 12 subject terms.
Each database has its own set list of subject terms. Subject terms may use technical jargon and odd punctuation. This means you won't be able to easily guess or intuit subject terms on your own. You will have to identify the subject terms in the database, and then use them in a search.
If you want to see all the subject terms used in a particular database, you can search the Subject Index to discover subject terms.
The following searches were conducted in Thoreau, our multi-database search tool. You will need a Walden ID and password to access the results.
All results use subject terms when appropriate and are available in full text in the Walden Library.
Consider these as starter searches. You can add additional search terms to the results to get articles on your topic.
You can also add limiters using the Refine Results column typically found on the side of the page. For instance, you can limit to peer-reviewed articles only and by date. Click any of the links below to view the search results.
SDOH and Economy
SDOH and Education
SDOH and Healthcare
SDOH and Neighborhoods
SDOH and Social and Community Context
You can adapt any of the preset example searches by adding your own search terms.
If you wish to focus on the economic context of SDOH, specifically in rural areas, you would add search terms for rural areas in a separate search box, while leaving the example SDOH terms in place. Here is an example: