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Traditional Research - Print


  • as up-to-date as the date of publication
  • frequency of updates - depends on the publication

Ease of Use

  • depends on the type of tool, e.g. index, encyclopedia, etc.


  • established history
  • established publishers
  • trained indexers following specific rules

Search Terms

  • "controlled vocabulary" - specific search terms that usually work
  • thesaurus - source of "controlled vocabulary"

Search Strategy

  • single point of entry - one word at a time