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Developing Search Keywords

To develop keywords, first try writing out your topic into a neutral question. For example, if you are researching standardized testing in high schools, you could write a question like this: “In what ways does standardized testing impact student success in high school?” Next identify the main concepts of your question. In this case, we have: standardized testing, student, success, and high school. Next find synonyms for your key words. Try using a thesaurus online. You can also use a database subject search like the one provided in EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier. Collect your list of keywords and begin searching the databases. Thanks so much for watching and be sure to check out our other videos.