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FIU at I-75 Library Guide

Research Methods & Crafting your Search

The tough part is coming up with the right words to describe your topic.  Use synonyms.  For example your topic is love in the workplace. What terms should you use?  

Use OR between synonyms and AND between different concepts.

 

When you have a topic, brainstorm what words to search.  Remember, search for the most important words only.  Use AND between the different terms and OR between words that mean the same thing.  AND narrows your search. OR broadens your search.

Synonyms and Related Terms:  Think of synonyms for your search terms.  For example:

Topic: The impact of global warming on international shipping.

 

Main Term   Synonyms Related Terms
global warming climate change greenhouse gases
international
shipping

global shipping

global freight

international freight

overseas shipping

overseas freight

FedEx

UPS

impact

effect

influence

affect

significance

Note:
You won't always
have related terms

 

 

Key Words & Search Terms

When you have a topic, brainstorm what words to search.  Remember, search for the most important words only.  Use AND between the different terms and OR between words that mean the same thing.  AND narrows your search. OR broadens your search.

Synonyms and Related Terms:  Think of synonyms for your search terms.  For example:

Topic: The impact of global warming on international shipping.

 

Main Term   Synonyms Related Terms
global warming climate change greenhouse gases
international
shipping

global shipping

global freight

international freight

overseas shipping

overseas freight

FedEx

UPS

impact

effect

influence

affect

significance

Note:
You won't always
have related terms