Keyword searching is what you use when you are first beginning a search. Try to break down your topic or research question into the overall main ideas; these main ideas become simple keywords which you may use to search a Library database. Its good to keep a keyword list when you are researching a topic! This will help you remember the words you have already tried searching, the combinations you have used, and any new words you noticed in search results that you want to try in your searches later.
Before you begin your search for information, you need to identify keywords and search terms related to your topic. The keywords you use have an impact on the results of your research.
If the keywords you choose do not give you the results you need, try the others on your list! Databases can vary, so not every keyword will bring you results in every database or use the search strategies.
Keywords and phrases can easily be found by scanning . . .
Identify the important nouns or main ideas in your research question.
Generate synonyms for each main term, along with words that are narrower, broader, and related.
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