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Research 101: Looking for Sources

A brief introduction to college-level research

What is a Library Database?

Identifying Keywords

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Before you can begin searching for information, you need to identify keywords related to your topic. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Identify the important words or ideas in your initial research question.
  • Look for background information, such as encyclopedia articles.
  • If you're still having trouble, use a thesaurus to identify synonyms to use in your search.
  • Find pictures related to your topic, then describe the picture.