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Critical Race & Ethnic Studies 100 (Myers): Brainstorming Keywords

Theories in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies

How Do I Decide What to Type in the Search Box?

The words you type into the search box affect your search results. Not all authors use the same language to describe similar topics, so you will need to try a variety of searches.

  • Create a list of possible words that could appear in a book or article related to your topic of interest.
  • Come up with synonyms or related terms for those.
  • If you're researching a topic from an historical point of view, it may also be helpful to come up with historical terms that might not be commonly used today.
  • Stick to using 2-4 nouns when searching.

Class Brainstorm

Race and school discipline

  • What are the two main concepts?
  • Can you come up with related words for these?








How to Choose Keywords

McMaster Libraries (2:42)

Class Poll

Which of the following database would you like me to demonstrate a search in?

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