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Keywords wrap-up

As you begin your search for sources, keep your research question and table of broader, narrower, and alternative terms by your side. You may find yourself adding to the list as you learn more about your topic.

There are many other strategies for generating keywords, including:

  • Concept mapping, free writing, or listing.
  • Underlining key terms in your background information
  • Looking up terms in a thesaurus or in a database's list of Subject Terms

Credo Reference also has a useful concept mapping tool. Here is Credo Reference's concept map for Automation:

Learn more about the Mind Map in Credo Reference (video, 2:39).

Learn more about the Mind Map in Credo Reference (video, 2:39).

Now that you've formed a research question, you can begin planning your research in the next module. As you've seen, it's important to start the process as early as possible so you can make thoughtful choices and set yourself up for future success.