Useful Resources for Getting Started With Research
Just getting started with your research?
Need to identify your topic and research questions?
Use the links below to pages of the WAMS Research Guide which will help you in getting started by identifying the topic/focus of your research and the inquiry questions you want to answer.
Choosing Keywords for Online Searching
KEYWORDS: You need to identify the best keywords to type into a database or Internet search engine. Choosing keywords is a skill that is practiced and improved over time.
Good keywords -- will give you -- Good results
Taking the time to think about the best choices for keywords will save you A LOT of TIME. View the video to the right titled Database Keyword Strategies to learn/review how to generate/combine effective keywords for database or Internet searching.
Ideas for Keywords for my searches:
My topic - What words best describe your topic; Think about synonyms as well; Are these keywords a well-known phrase that can be put in quotes?
Related topics - Might lead to articles on possible thesis points
Issues related to topic - Might help you to locate more detailed or specific articles
People or Organizations related to topic/issues - Might lead to more detailed or possible thesis point articles
Locations/events related to topic/issues - Might lead to more detailed or possible thesis point articles
How can you combine some of your keywords to create a more specific or targeted search?