Research Skills

Quick Tips

Keywords are the main words in the assignment topic that tell you what you need to find information about.

1.  Highlight keywords in assignment topic

2.  Brainstorm other words or phrases that have a similar meaning

3.  Use quotations around two or more words you want to keep together
     For example, “online shopping”, "child development"
4.  Use an asterisk at the end of a word to search for variations
     e.g. lead* = lead, leader, leadership
5.  Narrow or broaden your search by adding and taking away keywords

Helpful resources

Developing Keywords, University of Houston Libraries

Search Using Keywords, University of Houston Libraries