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Identifying Keywords: Keywords

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Identifying Keywords

Before you can begin searching for information in a print or online resource, you need to identify keywords related to your topic. Key terminology can be easily be found by scanning:

If you are still struggling, then try these suggestions:

  • Use a thesaurus (Microsoft Office, print or online) to identify synonyms
  • Find pictures related to your topic, then describe the picture
  • Brainstorm keywords with a librarian, your instructor, or a friend

Example Research Question:

What was the Endangered Species Act (ESA) designed to protect -- animals only or ecosystems too?

Keywords:

"Endangered Species Act"

animals

ecosystems

protect or protection