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Writing 10-40 (Silbaugh, Fall 2022)

College Reading & Composition

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 delinquenc

Activity: Identify Keywords Individually

Goal: Identify potential keywords related to your research question.


  1. Open the Google spreadsheet in a separate browser tab:
  2. If you haven't yet decided on a research question, enter a topic in column B that you think might have some interest for you.
  3. Enter potential keywords and related search terms in Column C.

We'll use these questions and keywords to search Academic Search Complete later.