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Keywords and Search Terms: Home

Steps for Generating Search Terms:

Before you can begin searching for information, you need to identify keywords related to your topic. Key terminology can be easily be found by scanning: 

  • Your research questions
  • Articles found from background research
  • Bibliographies found at the end of books and articles

If you are still struggling:

  • Use a thesaurus to identify synonyms.
  • Find pictures related to your topic, then describe them.
  • Brainstorm keywords with a librarian, your instructor, or a friend.

Tools

Search Term Generator (UT at Austin)

Visu Words (Online Thesarus)

Video

Sample Keyword Chart

Librarian

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Gretchen Zaitzeff
Contact:
500 W Gregory St.
Normal, IL 61790
309.438.2054