Choosing Your Keywords When Searching the Library
An effective book or database search depends on a good choice of keywords (you cannot type a question into the catalog). How do you pull out keywords from your research question or statement to use in your catalog search?
Here's an example:
What are the effects of media violence on teenagers?
Effects OR Consequences
Media OR Television OR Movies
Violence OR Aggression OR Destructive Behavior
Teenagers OR Adolescents
Possible Search strategies for searching the catalog for a book:
Media Violence AND Teenagers
Television AND Violence
Television AND Violence AND Teenagers
Movies AND Aggression
Movies AND Aggression AND Adolescents