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Searching Tips & Strategies

Easy steps to search like a pro. Learn these and safe yourself time and energy--and get better results!

Generating Search Terms

Break your topic into its main concepts. These concepts will be the terms, or keywords, we will search on.

  • Hint: look for nouns
How do we improve mental health for Latinx students?
1. mental health
2. Latinx
3. students

We can expand on our keywords by thinking of synonyms or related concepts.

1. mental health
2. Latinx OR Hispanic
3. students OR teenagers OR adolescents OR youth OR young adults
 
See more on the Boolean Operators page in the left menu.

Thinking about your search terms or keywords will help you...

1. Save time and be more efficient!

2. Explore different aspects of your topic.

2. Give you more relevant results!