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Keywords and Synonyms

It's important to identify the most important words for your topic - these are your keywords. Then find synonyms and related forms so that you're armed with several different searching options.

Here's an Example:

Research Question: What is the evidence that the death penalty prevents crime?

Keywords: death penalty, prevent, crime

KEYWORD: death penalty

Synonyms
(same MEANING of keyword, but a different word)

Related Forms of Keyword & Synonyms
(same ROOT word,
different form)

 capital punishment

 

 execution

KEYWORD: prevent

Synonyms
(same MEANING of keyword, but a different word)

Related Forms of Keyword & Synonyms
(same ROOT word,
different form)

deter prevention
stop deterrent

KEYWORD: crime

Synonyms
(same MEANING of keyword, but a different word)

Related Forms of Keyword & Synonyms
(same ROOT word,
different form)

murder crimes

 

criminal

You can now try all of these terms while searching.