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SOCL 209: Social Research Methods (Dupont) Fall 2021

Keywords: Tips and Tricks

Keywords are the words you'll use when searching in databases.  Choosing the right word or words can make all the difference. When you start doing research, it can be very helpful to keep a list of keywords that you can use.  You will likely try different combinations of these terms in order to find just the research you are looking for.  To get ideas on additional keywords, try the following:

  • Brainstorm synonyms, larger concepts, and narrower concepts
  • Check out background sources such as encyclopedias for additional terms
  • Look at the list of subject terms when you locate an article using the library's databases