Generating Search Terms

Learning Outcomes

After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  1. describe why creating good search terms is important,
  2. identify different strategies for creating effective search terms.


How Effective Search Terms Help

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The Research Process

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Identify Main Ideas

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Brainstorming Search Words

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Synonyms and Related Words

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For further information on this topic:

The Learning Portal by College Libraries Ontario. The Writing Hub – Choose a Topic.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). Invention: Starting the Writing Process.

Further Questions?




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