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ENC 1102 (Kirk): Keyword Worksheet

This guide can be used by students completing research assignments in ENC1102 with Professor Kirk at the Poinciana Campus.

Keyword Worksheet

How to Choose Your Keywords

Choosing Your Keywords

An effective database search depends on a good choice of keywords (you cannot type a question into the database). How do you pull out keywords from your research question or statement to use in your database search?

  1. Think about your topic. Write it down in the form of a research question or statement.
  2. Circle the most important ideas or concepts in your question or statement. These become your keywords.
  3. Think of some synonyms or related terms that you can use for your keywords. These new keywords will come in handy when you are searching.
  4. Connect your keywords together using the word AND. By adding the word AND, you are telling the database that you want all of these keywords to show up in your search results.
    1. Try changing your search by substituting some of your related terms or synonyms with other keywords in your search.

Here's an example:

Human trafficking causes mental illness in teenagers.

Synonyms:

Human trafficking OR Child trafficking OR Sex trafficking

Mental illness OR Mental health OR Mental disorders

Teenagers OR Adolescents OR Young adults

 

Possible Search strategies:

Human trafficking AND Mental illness AND Teenagers

Child trafficking AND Mental disorders AND Adolescents

Sex trafficking AND Mental health AND young adults

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