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Exercise Science

Library resources for exercise science.

What Are Keywords?

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.

Thinking of synonyms (and searching them OR'd together) will always expand the number of results you retrieve (see Search Strategies).


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Before you begin searching for information, you must identify keywords related to your topic. 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.