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FYS Healing Women: Start Here

Additional Selected Subject Headings to Explore in Worldcat@SU

Not sure where to start your research? Click on the active links below to browse the SU WorldCat using subject headings.  Many of the subject headings listed  may also work in the listed databases as keyword searches. Every database develops its own list of subjects to use. Do a keyword search and compare your results with the subject headings (also called descriptors) in the records you find. They might provide you with better ways to do your search again.

Searching All Library Resources

Go to the library at to search the catalog [WorldCat@SU] and databases. Bookmark the site for future use. Also find the library in the Academic Life section of the SU app.

Create a list of words or concepts related to your topic and use them to search the catalog. Search results will include books, media, articles and more. To find just books, use the Refine This Search filters to limit Format to Books. The Description in a book's record includes contents and subject headings. Click on a Subjects link to find other books on the topic. You can also Browse the Shelf for related titles. 

Try a couple of these subjects in WorldCat@SU to get started:

women healers | traditional medicine | spiritual therapies | medicine religious aspects

Books at SLC: click on the cover to find it in WorldCat@SU

Super Search Skills

  • The key to being a savvy online searcher is to use common search techniques that you can apply to almost any database, including article databases, online catalogs and even commercial search engines.
  • This is important because searching library databases is a bit different from searching Google.
  • The techniques described in this section will enable you to quickly retrieve relevant information from the thousands of records in a database.
  • When you search a database and do not get the results you expect, ask us for advice.  Library staff are happy to help you find what you need.

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My Research Interest

 What traditional roles and practices did Hmong women healers play in the Hmong families and communities, past and present?

These are a member of people living traditionally in isolated mountain villages throughout Southeast Asia.....



Clicking the SU Bike icon will take you to the Research Hub.

Avoid plagiarism: document your sources

Always cite your sources! Providing a citation credits sources you use, helps other readers locate a source, and is an important element of academic honesty. 

For this course, choose either MLA or Turabian style and then consistently use that format for your citations.

Purdue OWL covers the basics of MLA formatting and style. For the most complete information, use the Handbook, available in the Research Commons and on Reserve.

Turabian Quick Guide covers the basics of Turabian style. The Student's Guide has more detailed information and can be found in the Research Commons and on Reserve.

Where to Find Articles

Database searches yield the best results for articles. They allow you to search just for articles, and even to limit your results to scholarly sources. You can learn more about databases on the Research Hub

The databases listed here are particularly useful for this course.

You can configure Google Scholar to offer links back to articles you can get through Southwestern Library.

Research Strategy