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What are keywords?
Keywords are important words/concepts used to find resources (books, articles, pictures of cats, etc).
- When you search Google (or any of the other research sites we'll talk about), the computer searches for articles, websites, or books that mention the words you asked for.
- So, when picking your keywords, imagine the kinds of things you want to find and think of keywords that might be in those resources.
Where do I get keywords?
Your first keywords will come from your research question.
- Pull out the most important words or groups of words from your research question (people, places, things).
You can get more keywords from:
- Related words to your topic that you already know.
- In the Subject Terms, Subject Headings, or Keyword sections of your sources.
- Words you see from reading your sources.