Think about your keywords

Have you investigated keywords, phrases or authors associated with your topic?

  • Start by searching the web for general information.
  • Try some online encyclopedias and other reference sources too 
  • Pick up keywords and phrases along the way - use every part of a resource you find to gather more keywords.
  • Use a thesaurus to explore alternative keywords. There are plenty of free online thesauri available.


Getting started with keywords

Watch these videos to help you get started with thinking about your keywords.

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Keywords are the terms in your research question that are likely to appear in publications about your topic so it is important that you have thought about and identified what they may be. Remember not to give up too easily when searching for resources online and try alternative keywords.