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Database Search Strategies

Select Keywords 

Determine Your Keywords 

Take your research question and pull out important concepts and ideas. 

What is the relationship between dog ownership and heart health

  • dog ownership
  • heart health 

How does universal health care impact healthcare costs in Canada

  • universal health care
  • healthcare costs
  • Canada

What effect do violent films have on children's behavior

  • violent 
  • films 
  • children 
  • behavior 

What methods of strength training are most effective in young adults?

  • methods
  • strength training
  • young adults 

How does anxiety correlate with academic performance in teenagers?

  • anxiety 
  • academic performance
  • teenagers

Keyword Synonyms 

Struggling? Identify synonyms to your keywords to use as an alternative. 

caffeine

  • coffee
  • tea
  • soda
  • energy drinks

memory

  • long-term memory
  • short-term memory
  • memorization
  • retention

college students

  • university students
  • undergraduates
  • graduates
  • juniors
  • freshmen

phone

  • mobile device
  • texting
  • talking
  • calling
  • email

driving:

  • car
  • truck
  • traffic

dangerous:

  • risk
  • hazard
  • accident
  • injury