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Identify Keywords: choosing keywords for your search
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This video covers how to: • break down your research topic into keywords • expand those keywords with synonyms and related words. City Colleges of Chicago, Wilbur Wright, USA.
Explore The Topic
As your list of keywords grows, a brainstorming session will help to expand the list of terms. Using a brainstorming tool, such as a mind map or lotus diagram will help to organise your thoughts and to identify connections and relationships between ideas, people, places and events. Remember to include synonyms and alternative spellings.
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Sometimes brainstorming will produce results that on reflection, are not relevant to your specific research topic. Revisit your research question and examine your brainstorming results - are there any irrelevant items that can be deleted or are there gaps where connections or relationships need to be established?