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Starting Your Research

Identify and Generate Keywords

Identify Keywords

Identify keywords that relate to your topic to assist you when you are searching for resources. Often different words can describe the same concepts and as a researcher, you can never be sure which keywords will bring back the information you are looking for.  

Brainstorm related terms, broader terms and narrower terms related to your topic.  

chart outlining keywords. full text is available in document below.

Keyword Generators

Keeping Track of Keywords

There are many different ways to keep track of your keywords, like a concept map, a Word document, or a handwritten list. The important thing is to actually have a list of potential search terms in order to search efficiently.

Try creating a color-coded spreadsheet to keep your keywords organized.

Keywords Tutorial from Ray W. Howard Library at Shoreline Community College