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PSY 3402: Experimental and Research Methods: 2: Keywords

Brainstorm Keywords

Step 2: Brainstorm Keywords

Here you need to...

  • figure out the main concepts from your topic/research question (getting background information helps with this step!), then
  • brainstorm alternate keywords to use when searching.

See below for examples and help:  a video in the upper left box for an example...right boxes are for finding more scholarly terms...

Need a quick definition of a word, and maybe find some synonyms?  Try CREDO!

Generating Keywords

APA Glossary

Check out the American Psychological Association's

Glossary of Psychological Terms

This will help you find the right keywords or search terms to get precise results to your database searches.

Finding More Keywords

You can keep finding keywords even after you've started searching!

Find a good article?  Use the "MeSH Terms," "Keywords" or "Subjects" in the citation to find keywords that match your topic.

Circled Subject and Keyword headings in citation