Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: Jan 11, 2018     Views: 515

Yes! Browsing subject terms in a database is a great way to explore theories used in a particular area. This is good way to get started when you don't know where to begin searching for theories. 

Search tip: You can replicate this search in a different subject database of your choosing. 
Learn about choosing a database to search.

Here is an example of how you can discover theories in the SocINDEX with Full Text database.

1. On the Library homepage, click Select a subject in the center of the page. 

2. Click on the Social Work link. This will take you to the Social Work Research guide.

3.  Scroll down to the Social Work Databases box and click on the SocINDEX with Full Text database link. You may need to log in with your myWalden user name and password, if you haven't done so already.

4.  In the upper part of the screen, click on Subject Terms.


5. In the search box labeled Browsing: Sociology Thesaurus, type in your search term:


Here is an image of the search box


6. Click on the Browse button.


The results in the center of the screen will be a list of different theories and related terms. You may need to scroll down to see them all.

Check the box next to one you want, or click on the link if there is an option to use a different subject term.


Note: If you click on one of the specific Theory links it shows the results in the thesaurus for that term.

7. Click on Feminist Theory

8. Check the box to the left of the term Feminist Theory.

9. Check the box to the right under Explode.

10. Click on the Add button to add all the terms to the search box.

11. Click the Search button.

On the results screen you will see articles that use or discuss Feminist Theory or related terms. This can be a good way to explore theories and research using those theories.

If you have any questions, you can click on the Ask a Librarian link in the upper right part of the database. 

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