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Writing 10 (Koehler): Identify Key Words

Reading & Composition

Spreadsheet - Research Questions

Key Word Chart

Look for alternate terms for each concept in your topic.

related keywords graphic

Identify Key Concepts and Terms

Identify the key concepts in your topic:

How can precious metals in cell phones be recycled more effectively?

Brainstorm for related terms:

"precious metals"

  • copper
  • silver
  • tin
  • gold
  • tungsen
  • minerals
  • "rare earth elements"
  • "rare metals"

"cell phones" 

  • smartphone
  • mobile phones


  • reused
  • urban mining
  • repurpose
  • reclaim

Try Academic Search Complete > Subject Terms to find subject headings for your topic.