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.