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Introduction to Research: Searching with Keywords

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Identify Keywords

What are Keywords?

Keywords are important words/concepts found in your research question or thesis. 


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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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How to Generate a Keyword


Please use the link below to access the University of Texas Keyword GeneratorPhoto of gas powered generator





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Thank You

My thanks to Lori Micho at Johnson & Wales University and Donna Miller at Lebanon Valley College for their assistance in sharing information for this LibGuide.