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Health Disparities

Differences in health status and outcomes among different groups of people

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Searching library catalogs for information on health disparities

When searching library catalogs to look for books and book chapters on health disparities, try these search terms:

Searching by Keyword, try:  health and disparities

Searching by Subject or Medical Subject, there really aren't any great subject headings used in library catalogs for health disparities. Stick with keyword searching.

Keyword vs. Subject?

When searching online resources by topic, you may be faced with a decision:  do you do a keyword search (also called a textword search) or a subject search (or medical subject search)? 

What's the difference?

A keyword search searches for whatever terms you type in, like a Google search. Often the search results can be a little messy: some results that aren't relevant, and sometimes relevant results are not retrieved.

A subject search searches terms that are assigned to particular references. A human has looked at each reference, decided what the reference is about, then assigns terms (subject headings). Usually subject searches are cleaner than keyword searches, but only if you use the right subject headings.

What kind of search do I use?

Usually keyword searches are a good place to start (and with some resources, like Google and Science Citation Index, that is the only option you have). Make sure that you pick search terms carefully and search with a variety of synonyms, if needed.

In your keyword searching, you may find good subject headings to try in a subject search.  If so, give the subject search a try.  You may find additional references that are relevant.  Usually we recommend doing multiple kinds of searches to make sure that as many relevant references are found.

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