Identify Key Search Terms
Before you begin searching for scholarly sources, you should identify key search terms that can help you.
How to Identify Search Terms
Use your research topic, research question, and the important information you found during your background research to help you identify key search terms. Here are some examples that can help you with this stage of the research process.
|Initial Keywords or Concepts||Synonyms|
|Global Warming||environment, Greenhouse Effect, climate change, erosion, land loss|
|Louisiana||gulf coast, gulf states|
|Coastal Communities||LaFourche Parish, New Orleans, beaches|
Tip: If you are struggling to find synonyms, try creating a mind map like you would if your were brainstorming. Thesaurus.com is also a great source for generating synonyms.
This page was created by Magen Nosworthy (Fall 2018 ENGL 489)