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Selecting Keywords

Selecting Keywords

Keywords are also considered search terms -- words that you enter into the database search engine. They are the key concepts of your research topic and/or research question.

Selecting keywords is a multi-step process that involves:

  • identifying the main concepts of your topic
  • brainstorming synonyms and antonyms that could also be used to describe your topic

Choosing Keywords Flowchart

Tips for using keywords effectively 

Searching databases with keywords

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