Research skills

Search strategies

Keywords

To identify search terms to use, analyse your title. What keywords in the title tell you the topic you need to look at?

"Discuss the impact of tuition fees on students and university applications".

  1. The keywords pinpoint the main topics you are being asked to look at. They are a good starting point for developing a search.
  2. You could go further and identify some alternative keywords to use in your searches – just in case your original ones don’t find everything you need.

These will allow for differences in word choice between authors, different spellings, the use of acronyms and abbreviations etc.