Search Strategies: using keywords, truncation, and synonyms:
Relevant keywords are necessary for effective research. You can start by taking keywords from your thesis statement.
There are other ways to develop additional keywords.
1. Use synonyms and related concepts: (Ex. OR
Think of other words that mean the same or similar things as the words in your question. It can help to brainstorm before you begin your search.
Look at the subject terms in your search results and see if you can use any of those.
2. Use truncation: the computer will locate alternative endings for a word when you place an asterisk -- the * symbol -- at the end of the root of a word.
For example, typing victim* will yield results for:
Victim, victims, victimized, victimization, victimology
Using crim* will yield results for:
Crime, crimes, criminal, criminals, criminology, criminality
When searching, try different combinations of keywords. For example: