This section includes your subject headings (keywords) and global scholarship.

Edit Subject Headings

Subject headings can summarize your current research interests that may not be reflected in grants, publications, artistic works or other scholarship. Users may search for new and emerging topics described by Subject headings.

Subject headings in Scholars@Duke can be added from three vocabularies, the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) or LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings) as well as the custom Duke Subject Headings list. Subject headings from controlled vocabularies can be re-used for other analyses and purposes.

Adding subject headings to a profile

To add subject headings:

  1. Select the Subject Headings section on the left in Profile Manager.
  2. Click Add. The Search for a Subject Headings field appears.
  3. Type the term in the text box and click Find. You’ll see three results lists: Library of Congress (LOC) subject headings, Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and Duke subject headings. Select the terms you want to add, and click the green Add Selected button to add these to your profile.
  4. To add a subject heading to the Duke vocabulary, click the Request a Subject Heading button. 
    Requesting a new subject heading

  6. In the Request Additions box, type the term in the text box and click Request New Term. The Scholars team will add the subject heading to your profile and contact you within five days.

Note that all text in Scholars@Duke profiles are searched, not only subject headings terms.

Searching for Subject Headings

Subject headings may be broader than the particular term for which you are searching. If you cannot find the term, try these strategies:

  • Ensure that you don’t have misspellings or extra spaces in front of the search term. For example, the search will not find “ infection” with an extra space at the beginning.
  • Decompose the term into its individual concepts and search for those. That is, your term might be listed as a related subject heading.
  • Decide on words and/or phrases to describe the concepts. Consider all words/phrases that might be used to describe the concepts of your topic and search for those. These include synonyms, variations in spelling (US vs. UK), word endings (singular, plural), variant terminology (electrocardiograms, electrocardiography), and related terms (cataract extraction, intraocular lens implantation). The following are examples of equivalent subject headings: pregnant/pregnancy, screening/testing, women/woman/female.
  • Search for each concept as a separate set rather than looking for one term that describes all concepts. Creating separate sets for each part of your topic allows you to modify your strategy. Use MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) or Library of Congress (Human Knowledge Subject Headings) whenever possible. MEDLINE, CANAL and other databases assign subject headings to articles to ensure that all articles on a particular topic have the same standardized terms. Authors often use variant terminology, spellings and acronyms in their articles such as heart attack for myocardial infarction.
  • Broaden or narrow your search concepts. For example, you may use “staphylococcus aureus” or “staphylococcal skin infections.”

To enable viewers to find your work using more specific or customized terms, add them to the Overview paragraph.

Global Scholarship

Global Scholarship shows a faculty member’s expertise, research or teaching in or about specific countries or continents. 

Adding Global Scholarship to your profile
  1. Navigate to the Global Scholarship section in the left-hand section of Profile Manager.
  2. Click the Add button.
  3. Select the type of geographical focus from the Type menu:
    • Expertise means knowledge of that region’s history, politics, economics or culture.
    • Research means conducting research in this location during the last three years.
    • Teaching means conducting teaching activities in this location during the last three years.
  4. Select a country or continent from the Region menu.
  5. Click the Save button to add the location and type of experience in this location.
  6. Continue to add locations as needed. You can add as many locations per type as you wish. To remove a location, select the “X” located next to the region to be deleted.