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Keywords are terms considered to be “key” to finding information. You might find them useful for your catalog and database searches. Some examples:
Keywords in different languages. Latin America, América Latina…
Synonyms. Latinos, Hispanics….
Related keywords. Enslaved Africans, Globalization, economic integration, migration, diaspora
Library of Congress Subject Headings (terms that materials are catalogued under)
Abolitionists. Women Abolitionists, African American Abolitionists. African American women
Children's poetry, American
Slaves -- United States
Women -- Biography
Children's poetry -- 1968
Tubman, Harriet, 1822-1913
Tubman, Harriet, 1820?-1913
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