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Writing 10 (Varnot, Fall 2023)

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)

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 Individually

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


Open the Google spreadsheet for your section linked here:

  1. Add your name to Column A, and your research question/topic to Column B.
  2. Add your keywords from your research question to Column C. 
  3. 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 :)