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Finding & Using Keywords

for Internet and Library Database Searching

Search Tips and Strategies:

  1. The keywords you use can have a huge impact on the results of your search. 
  2. Every word counts! Avoid searching using sentences or entire questions

You can identify keywords by scanning: 

  • Your research questions
  • Articles found from background research
  • The index and bibliographies found at the end of books and articles

If you are still struggling:

  • Use a thesaurus to identify synonyms.
  • Find pictures related to your topic, then describe them.
  • Brainstorm keywords with a librarian, your instructor, or a friend.

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