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Writing 10 (Mingua-Lopstain)

College Reading & Composition

Video: Selecting & Using Keywords

What advice does the narrator provide about selecting and using keywords in your searches?

* from Darrell W. Krueger Library, Winona State University (play until 2:50)

Poll Question: Identify Keywords

What are the keywords you would select for this research question? Select your answer and click Submit.

How can National Parks, like Yosemite National Park, allow for visitors and yet protect the environment?
National Parks, visitors, environment: 0 votes (0%)
National Parks, tourism: 0 votes (0%)
Yosemite National Park, environment, allow: 0 votes (0%)
National Parks, protect, environment: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 0

Keywords & Synonyms

Here is a chart with keywords and potential synonyms based on a revised research question from the Using & Selecting Keywords video.

RQ: Are young adults who play video games at an increased risk of being violent?
young adults teenagers adolescents youth  
video games online gaming Call of Duty Massive Multiple Player games computer games
violent school shooting aggressive cruel delinquency

Activity: Identify Keywords Together

Goal: Generate synonyms for our sample keywords.


  1. Open the Jamboard.]
    1. 7:30am Jamboard
    2. 11:30am Jamboard
    3. 3:30pm Jamboard
  2. Contribute synonyms for our keywords.


Activity: Identify Keywords Individually

Goal: Generate keywords and synonyms for our own research question.


  1. Open the Google Spreadsheet. Go to the tab for your class (7:30, 11:30, 3:30.)
  2. Select a row and add your research question or tentative topic.
  3. Add your keywords from your research question/topic to Column C. 
  4. Add any additional synonyms to Column D.
  5. Take a look at your research question. It may be very broad or very narrow. How can you begin to craft it into a question that will guide your argument? We'll talk a bit about this in class :)