Relevant keywords are necessary for effective research. Start by taking keywords from your thesis statement.
Develop additional keywords using synonyms, subject terms, truncation, and combinations of keywords.
1. Use synonyms and related concepts that mean the same or similar things as the words in your question.
2. Look at the subject terms in your database search results and see if you can use any of those.
3. Use truncation: the database will retrieve alternative word endings when an asterisk is placed after the root of a word. For example:
Crim* will yield results for:
Crime(s), criminal(s), criminology, criminality
4. Try different combinations of keywords. For example: