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Research Question

Once you have a good research question, you can use it to brainstorm keywords.

Keywords are the terms you use to search for books, articles, and other sources in library databases, book catalogs, and the free web.

Let’s use a research question about automation.

Here the main ideas of the question are underlined.

How does WORKPLACE AUTOMATION affect JOB OPPORTUNITIES in the UNITED STATES?

 

To help you generate keywords, place each idea from your research question into the column of a table, and come up with broader, narrower, and alternative terms for each idea: 

 

Idea 1:

WORKPLACE AUTOMATION

Idea 2:

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Idea 3:

UNITED STATES

Broader terms

Technology

Jobs

Employment

North America

Narrower terms

Robots

Automated call systems

Automated manufacturing

Unemployment

Workforce development

East coast

Alternative terms

Artificial intelligence

Vocational schools

Industrialized nations

Activity

Practice finding broader, narrower, and alternative terms below:

How does WORKPLACE AUTOMATION affect JOB OPPORTUNITIES in the UNITED STATES?