Before you embark on your database search, take a few moments to identify keywords, which will be a timesaver for you. Some things to try:
Write down any research questions you have about your topic; these should be open-ended (starting with How...? or Why...?)
Identify the key concepts from your research question (look at the nouns)
- Write down synonyms for those key concepts
Taking a few minutes to think about and identify some keywords before starting your search will help you search more efficiently, which will save you time (and frustration).
- Identify important concepts from your research question (look for nouns)
- Brainstorm some synonyms (to help you find more information)
- Keep track of useful terms you discover during research and add those to your set of keywords
Ex. research question: How is Ayurvedic medicine a useful intervention for heart conditions?
(Identify the keywords in this research question)
How does the exploration of archaeological sites such as Chichén Itzá help us understand the historical disenfranchisement of indigenous people in the Maya region?
|Chichén Itzá||disenfranchisement||indigenous people||Maya region|