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Writing 10 (Maharaj): Key Words & Search Terms

Key Word Chart

Look for alternate terms for each concept in your topic.

related keywords graphic

Keywords vs. Subjects

keywords vs subjects chart

Tips for Finding Keywords & Subject Headings

 
  • Use a visual thesaurus like GraphWords. Snappy Words, Visuwords, or CREDO's MindMap.
  • Use references sources like Credo Reference to get background information and key words.
  • Most EBSCO databases have a tool to help you discover subject terms. See EBSCO Academic Search Complete > Subject Terms
  • Most ProQuest databases have a tool to help you discover subject terms: See PsycInfo > Thesaurus
  • When you find a useful article, look at the database Subject Headings and record them as possible search terms. (Example)

 

Identifying Key Concepts

Identify the key concepts in your topic:

Does the way plagiarism is represented in popular culture help to normalize it?

Brainstorm for related terms:

plagiarism

  • cheating
  • paper mill
  • paraphrasing
  • TurnItIn

popular culture

  • movies
  • TV
  • social media
  • news

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