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ENG 1140 - Intensive Academic Writing and Reading: 1b. Identify Keywords

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What keywords should I use to search?

The Brainstorming Keywords worksheet below illustrates how to start thinking about keywords.

Identifying Keywords

Before you can begin searching for information in a print or online resource, you need to identify keywords related to your topic. Key terminology can be found easily by scanning:

If you are still struggling, then try these suggestions:

  • Use a thesaurus to identify synonyms.
  • Find pictures related to your topic, then describe the picture.
  • Brainstorm keywords with a librarian, your instructor, or a friend.

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