ENGL 101 English Composition 1 (Modzelewski)

Search Terms, or Keywords

Make a list of a variety of search words

  • Think of synonyms: different words and phrases people use when they discuss your topic.
  • Consider broader and narrower words. 
  • Also think of alternate spellings and abbreviations.
  • Collect more search words through your research .
  • As you investigate your topic, look for the terminology used in that field, as well as additional concepts.
  • Ask a librarian for help in finding words that are used in your topic's area of study.

Video: How to Use Keywords to Form a Research Strategy

Source: "From topic to search results in two minutes! " by Holman Library is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Learn about strategizing keywords and how databases work when searching keywords.

Class Topic Brainstorm

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Identify search words and strategies

Keep this checklist with you to help you ask questions that will organize your research.

Download the AND / OR Search Strategies chart