Make a list to keep track of keywords on your topic. Start by listing any synonyms you know and then add new ones you uncover in your search. Keep this list handy when you are researching.
The keywords you use can have a huge impact on your search results. Using the “right” words will speed up the research process, while the “wrong” words can bring to it to a screeching halt.
If the keywords you tried don't give you the needed results, try using other keywords from your list or use the search strategies listed under Step 2.
Need some help identifying keywords? Try the attached exercise.
Before you begin your research, you need to identify keywords on your topic. Key terminology may be found by scanning:
If you are still struggling, then try these suggestions:
Try this exercise to expand your list of keywords for searching! Place your initial topic in the furthest left box, then continue on to develop additional search terms and keywords for your research question.
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