CREATING SEARCH TERMS FROM A RESEARCH QUESTION:
If you are working with developing a research question, you can use your question to establish your search terms by pulling out the important concepts.
*Look at the boxes on this page for "search tips" on using truncation, quotation marks, etc.
*Most databases allow you to filter by dates so they might not be needed in your initial search.
The following are some examples:
1. QUESTION: What was the impact of The Great Depression on government policies in the 1930's and 1940's?
> Your search might look like this: Great Depression AND "government policies" AND 1930-1940
2. QUESTION: In what ways can cyberbullies be effectively prosecuted?
> Your search might look like this: Cyberbull* AND prosecut* OR law*
3. QUESTION: What are the current advantages and disadvantages of religious influence on education in the United States?
> Your search might look like this: Relig* AND education AND United States AND impact OR influenc*
4. QUESTION: What are the impacts of student debt on young adults in the United States?
> Your search might look like this: Student debt OR College debt AND "young adults" AND United States OR USA