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ENC 1101/ENC1102 (Soto): Keyword Worksheet

This guide is designed to help students with library research as they complete assignments in English Composition with Professor Soto 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 these keywords to show up in your search results.

Here's an example:

Video games cause aggression in teenagers?


Video Games OR Role Playing Games

Aggression OR Violence OR Destructive Behavior

Teenagers OR Adolescents


Possible Search strategies:

Video Games AND Violence AND Teenagers 

Role Playing Games AND Aggression AND Adolescents

Video Games AND Violence AND Teenagers

Role Playing Games AND Destructive Behavior AND Adolescents

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