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Field Search Example

If you were searching for information about corruption in immigration, which of the following searches returns a more relevant record? Why?

Sample record - subject vs. keyword search

KEYWORD SEARCH

SUBJECT SEARCH

Author

Linden-Eugene.

Title

Megacities. (Cover Story).

Source

Time. Jan 11, 1993. v141(n2). p28(11).

Illustration

photograph. table.

Abstract

The world's metropolises are suffering from corruption, pollution and plague, brought on by the never-ending immigration from rural areas. The cycle of urban growth and decay continues. Curitibo, Brazil is a model of how a city can use the resource of its people.

Pub_Type

Cover-Story

Subject

Metropolitan-areas – Forecasts.
Cities-and-towns -- Forecasts.
Urban-ecology – Forecasts.
Urban-health -- Forecasts.

Type:

Article

Author

Lando, Barry

Title

THE MAFIA AND THE MEXICANS: CROOKED JUSTICE FROM THE INS

Citation

Washington Monthly 1973 5(2): 16-22.

Abstract

Political corruption and favoritism permeate the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

Language

English

Subject

Political Corruption
Immigration and Naturalization Service
Aliens

Language

English

The keyword search finds the terms in any field of the record such as the abstract in the example above. This does not necessarily lead to the most relevant records. The subject search finds the terms in the subject field of the record which is the field that describes what the material is about.

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