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FACS 100: Research Methods

Think About Your Keywords

You will want to consider using different keywords in your searches to find the best sources on your topic:

  • What are synonyms and related words you can include in your search to give yourself more options? (e.g., teenager = adolescent)
  • What terms can you think of that get to a narrower aspect of your topic? (e.g., apparel → merchandising, retail, production, etc.)

You don't have to think of these terms on your own!

  • Simply Googling your topic will show you many different terms to explore, in the titles of the results, the questions provided by Google, related/suggested searches, definitions, etc.
  • Look for a Wikipedia article related to your topic. Tons of related and more specific areas of your topic, organizations involved, related sources and topics, etc.
  • As seen in the image above, the library's research databases can help you with synonyms and related terms. Type the word "OR" after a keyword, and the database will suggest other related keywords. 
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2024 3:52 PM