Keywords, also called search terms, are words you enter into a database or search engine to find relevant sources on your topic. The keywords represent the core concepts of your research question or topic. It may take multiple tries to find the keywords that bring you to relevant sources.
To select keywords you will need to:
An example research question:
Boolean operators are words or symbols that are used in conjunction with words to refine searches.
Here are six helpful ones to use:
Example of using boolean operators.
A search field tells the database where to look for the keyword in the sources it will include in the search results. Search fields include "author," "abstract," "subject term," "title," or "full text."
A abstract is the summary of the article and explains what the article will cover.
A subject term is a descriptive word assignment to an item to denote the item's subject or main themes.