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ENG1110 English Composition & Written Composition

An Introduction to the Research Process and Basic Information Literacy Skills

Introduction to Keywords or Search Terms

What words should you use when you search?

Keywords, or search terms, are the words that represent the main concepts (ideas) pulled from your topic statement (thesis). These are the words you will use when you search the library research databases, book catalog, or even Internet search engines. Find synonyms (words that mean the same thing) for the keywords in your topic statement in order to increase your list of search terms. Use a thesaurus to identify synonyms. Examples of a thesaurus are Roget's Thesaurus or

Tools that will help you expand your search terms and build your search:

From Topic Statement or Question to Keywords

From Question to Keyword video courtesy of University Libraries, University of North Carolina Greensboro.

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