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OVERVIEW TO DEVELOPING KEYWORDS

Step 1: Select a research topic. Try and phrase it in the form of a question.

For example: Is there a problem with teens abusing medication?

Step 2: Identify the major concepts of your topic.

For example: Is there a problem with teens abusing medication?

Step 3: Develop a list of keywords related to the major concepts.

For example:

TEENS   ABUSE MEDICATION
Adolescents Criminal Prescription Drugs
Juvenile Addiction Over the Counter Drugs
Minor Using Antidepressants

 

Step 4: Consider if there is a way to combine terms to create a more complex search string.

For example: Abuse + Prescription Drugs = Prescription Drug Abuse

 

SPECIALIZED DICTIONARIES

  • Specialized dictionaries emphasize the vocabulary and definitions in a particular field of study. Their definitions are usually more detailed than those in a general dictionary.
     
  • A specialized dictionary can be useful in identifying keywords to use in your research.
     
  • To locate a specialized dictionary in an academic discipline (subject), click on Library Home Page and then click Start Your Research. Enter the discipline and dictionaries in the Encore search box, for example psychology and dictionaries. 
 

SPECIALIZED ENCYCLOPEDIAS

  • Specialized encyclopedias have articles that are more in-depth than articles in general encyclopedias.
     
  • They provide excellent overviews and can be helpful in preparing your outlines and research.
  • To locate a specialized encyclopedia in the field of psychology, click on Library Home Page and then click Start Your Research. Enterpsychology encyclopedias in the Encore search box.
 

HELPFUL HINTS

  • Create a list of synonyms. Use a thesaurus to help create the list.
  • Resources such as Wikipedia or Gale Opposing Viewpoints are an effective way of learning how an issue is being talked about and will yield highlight additional search terms that may be of interest. 
  • Create a list of different types of a broad term. Being specific in your search terms will make your research easier.

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EXAMPLES OF SPECIALIZED DICTIONARIES

Print Book

eBook

Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives

PE 1241 .P56 2011

500 Foreign Words and Phrases You Should Know to Sound Smart

(Adams Media, 2012)

 

EXAMPLES OF SPECIALIZED ENCYCLOPEDIAS

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eBook

The New Children's Encyclopedia

AG 5 .N28

Encyclopedia of Financial Models

(John Wiley & Sons, 2013)

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