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Generate Keywords/Synonyms using your topic, question or statement.

Pick out the "key words" within your statement or question. Find other words that mean the same. Use these words (2-3 at a time to begin) in a search for books in the online catalog or for articles in databases.

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Use a Thesaurus - Find other words with the same meaning


A few examples of changing up your words when doing a search for books or articles to get more results.

intervention: mediate, intermediate, intercede

effect:  consequence, conslusion, outcome, result

recognize: understand, perceive

investigate: examine, inquire, explore, research

report: chart, describe, relate

abuse: bully, mistreat, brutalize, violate, harrass, harm, hurt, injure, victimize

disability: disorder, condition

Note: Many databases offer subject headings or standardized terms after starting a search. You can also type in a root word and add an asterisk*. The database will return results that have various endings. Example: recogniz* will return results that contain the words recognizable, recognition, recognize, etc.


    Use the "Synonyms" link in a Word Document

    Use the "Synonyms" link found in a Word document as you compose your research paper. Highlight a word and right click to find synonyms or words that mean the same. If you need to define a word, use "Look Up".


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