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Keywords are important words/concepts found in your research question or thesis.
A quick and dirty way to pull keywords from a research question/thesis is to choose the most important nouns; all other words are irrelevant.
Using keywords to search will always retrieve more results than phrases or sentences.
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You can find keywords:
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Keywords have a profound impact on search results. Using the right words will speed up the research process, while the wrong ones can bring to it to a painfully screeching halt.
If the keywords you initially choose do not give good results, try others on your list, try search strategies, or ask a librarian for help.
Use the chart above to document keywords related to your topic. Keep it by your side when you start your research.