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Guide for students in E314 classes

Brainstorm & Use Keywords

Step-by-step

1. Save time, prepare to research!

  • Break your research question into key concepts (you'll connect these in your paper to make an original argument)
  • For each of these concepts, brainstorm multiple keywords

Sample Topic:

    Women's narration in Their Eyes Were Watching God

Key Concepts

women

narration

Their Eyes Were ...

Related Keywords

wom*
female*
femenin*
gender*

narrat*
voic*
tell OR tells
stories OR story

Zora Neale Hurston
Janie Crawford
Pheoby

  • Try this keyword tool to brainstorm online and send the results to yourself.


2. Combine keywords using AND and OR:

  • Too many results? Try using quotation marks around an exact phrase. Ex: "Their Eyes Were Watching God"
  • Still too many results? Narrow using AND. Ex: "Their Eyes Were Watching God" AND narrat*
  • Too few results? Broaden using OR. Ex: "Their Eyes Were Watching God" AND (narrat* OR voic* OR tell OR tells)
  • Put parentheses around synonyms.
  • The asterisk finds multiple endings from a root word. Ex: wom* will bring back women, woman's, wombat, etc.


3. Brush up on the search tools available:

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