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S SCI 160 Introduction to Gender Studies (Marshman): Key Words

A Guide to Research in Gender Studies - for students in Michelle Marshman's class

Gathering and using keywords

Keywords are search terms related to your topic.

You use keywords to search library tools or the web. Keywords are search terms that describe the specific concepts or issues of your assignment theme and/or topic. Here are a few tips about using keywords:

  • Put phrases in quotes: "gender roles."

  • Keywords have synonyms and related terms: for example, for tv, try television, television programs, children's televison, soap operas, broadcasting, media, or popular culture.

  • Combine keywords with Boolean operators "AND" and "OR" to get more relevant results. Use "AND" to combine terms to focus your search (women AND combat); use "OR" to combine terms and broaden your search (men OR masculinity).

  • Keep track of the keywords you find in your reference and other sources!

  • Tip: Look for suggested keywords at the ends of reference articles, in the "Related Terms," "Cross-References" and "See Also" sections. 


Mining for Keywords in Reference