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Writing 10 (Lee, Spring 2023)

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)

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 MMORPG computer games
violent violence aggressive cruel delinquency

Activity: Identifying Keywords & Synonyms

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


Open the Google spreadsheet in a separate browser tab (that is, keep the class guide open):

  1. Add your name to a row. 
  2. Add your research question or topic to your row next to your name.
  3. Add any keywords and synonyms from your research question to Column C.