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Brainstorming Keywords

To discover keywords that can be used in a search, examine your topic, which you already have stated in the form of a question, and try the following steps.

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First, isolate the key concepts within your research topic. For example, if my topic is "How does the portrayal of women within advertisements affect girls' self-image?" my key concepts are:

  • Women
  • Advertisements
  • Girls
  • Self-Image
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  • Women: females
  • Advertisements: commercials, media, advertising
  • Girls: adolescents, young women
  • Self-Image: self-esteem, body image, self perception

Finally, think of terms that don't mean the same thing, but which are related to your concepts:
 
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  • Women: feminine
  • Advertisements: supermodel, marketing, actress
  • Girls: school-aged girls, teenagers, children
  • Self-Image: weight, beauty standards

What is the point of this? Remember, you don't know how an author of a book or an article might have described the topic that you are researching. Creating a search by using many words, not just the first that pop into your head, will help you cast a wide net and retrieve relevant results.

 

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