Sometimes, it's very helpful to search by subject term in a database. Subject Terms are words and phrases put onto every article in the database that explain what the articles are about. They're helpful because the language used is standardized and used across the database - which means you get to spend less time searching with synonyms and trying different combinations of keywords.
To get to the Subject Terms list in SocINDEX, go to the top of your screen, and click on the menu option "Subject Terms" (it's the third option from the left).
Once you do that, you'll get a page that looks like this:
From here, you can type in a keyword into the small search box in the middle of your screen and then choose if you want to search for that word at the beginning of the term, somewhere contained in the term, or display other relevant results.
Once you press browse to the right of the search box, your page will look something like this:
You can see more information about these subject terms by clicking on the blue links.
If you do that, your screen will look like this:
From this screen, you can read notes about the definition of that subject term in the Scope Note, see broader terms, narrower terms, related terms, and synonyms that aren't used as subject terms (Used for).
You can also select terms to add to your search from this screen (I've outlined the button in red).
To search with these subject terms:
Click the checkbox to the left of the subject you'd like to search for
Go to the dropdown menu that has the word "OR" in it - select one of the Boolean Operators listed:
AND: will only display results that include both/all the search terms
OR: will display all results with either/any of the search terms
NOT: will display results with the previous search terms, but will leave out results that include the following search term
Click the Add button to the right
If you look up at the top of your screen, your terms will appear in the search box!
Click the green search button to proceed as normal.