There is no standard list of subjects used in books or indexes, and good cross-referencing is rare. Try to think of as many different terms for same concept as you can and try them all. Broaden the subject if you have trouble. You might find mention for example of a particular cowboy artist under her name, cowboy artists, cowboy art, artists, or western art.
Keep track of all the terms you used in your search, and pass that list on if you refer the question.
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