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Research Tips and Tricks

This Tips and Tricks research guide provides information on how to perform a search, ranging from how to choose what type of search to make, how to string key words together, and what to do with texts once you've found them.

Creating Key Terms

What do you even search for once you've got your topic and research question solidified, or at least started? Well, you take the most important words in your research statement/question and use them as key terms. Use those key terms in conjunction with each other (see the section on "Combining Key Terms" for advice about how to do so). Also, use synonyms of your key terms. 

Example Key Terms

Research question:

  • What effect would paying college athletes have on collegiate sports?

Key terms:

  • paying/pay
  • salary
  • college athletes
  • college sports
  • NCAA