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SHB HUM STUD 198: Building a Search

Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier, Melissa Olson-Petrie, Erica Wiest


One of the best ways to improve your research results is to build a list of keywords.  Sometimes it can be difficult to tap into the right words that will lead you to the information you need.  Try this strategy...

1)  Write three words that might help you get information on your topic.
2)  Then write three synonyms or related words for each.
3)  Try searching using different combinations of these words.
4)  As you view search results, look at the "subject terms" or other terminology in the records.  Use these terms in new searches.
Example Topic:   
Keywords College Athlete Pay
Should college athletes be paid to play?
Synonyms university sports salary
  collegiate basketball money
  higher education players compensation