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Key Word Chart
Look for alternate terms for each concept in your topic.
Share Your Topics & Keywords
Click on the link for your Writing 10 section and enter your topic and keywords on the Google spreadsheet.
Share Research Questions
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:
"rare earth elements"
Try Academic Search Complete > Subject Terms to find subject headings for your topic.
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)