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Developing Search Keywords

To develop search keywords, write your research topic as a neutral question.

Example topic: Standardized Testing

Example topic reframed as a question: “In what ways does standardized testing in high school impact student success?”

Find the keywords in your sentence: standardized testing, high school, student success

Find synonyms for each of your keywords. To do this, use a thesaurus online or use the subject terms in library databases such as Academic Search Premier, APA PsycInfo, and other EBSCO databases.