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Keywords

A short tutorial on keywords that describes what keywords are and how to use them in a web or database search. Music courtesy of Taco Music on SoundCloud, "Wake Up Dreamer." https://soundcloud.com/tacomusicfree/wake-up-dreamer-free-background-music
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Karen Tercho

on 21 March 2015

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Transcript of Keywords

A keyword is the same thing as a “search term.”
No matter what you are researching…
What are the effects of school nutrition on childhood obesity?
Where are you searching?
What is a keyword
Let's try it.
Research question:
Better Keywords for
Better Research

Photo credits: 'horizon' by pierreyves @ flickr
No matter what you are researching,
every search box
needs keywords!
Well-chosen keywords =
efficient research and fruitful results
!
Bad keywords = machine does not
comprehend = bad results.
Search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Dogpile

Library databases like Academic Search Complete

Websites with a built-in search box

BTW, databases are electronic collections of newspapers and academic journals containing thousands of articles.
School! Writing a paper

Work! Important info needed to impress boss

Health! Self-care & staying informed

Legal matters!

Fun! I want Beyonce tickets (or maybe just a good soup recipe).
What are the keywords?
What are the effects of school nutrition on childhood obesity?
What are the effects of school nutrition on childhood obesity?
school nutrition
childhood obesity
Examples of how you might use these keywords:
web search:
website search:
library database search:
Think of synonyms and related terms:
children
food
cafeteria
lunch
health risks
K-12
exercise
Many words are connectors and explainers,
but these words are not keywords:
how
does
to
why
when
because
if
is
Keep track of searches and keywords, and you will be a researching star!
childhood obesity and nutrition
childhood obesity and school lunches
childhood obesity and health risks
children and exercise
income levels and children's health
poverty
KEYWORDS aka SEARCH TERMS:
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