Brainstorm a list of possible keywords. You can use this list while searching different sites (e.g. Tripod, JSTOR, etc.).
Keyword Brainstorming Questions:
You can use academic research tools with controlled vocabularies to find search terms.
Find information more effectively and efficiently when searching Tripod, JSTOR, and other sites.
Use this strategy when researching concepts that are phrases (e.g. prison reform). Particularly helpful when you're getting too many results that aren't focused enough.
Save time by searching for multiple synonyms at once.
Truncation and Wildcards:
Allow for variations in words by using truncation (*) or wildcard (e.g., ?, $, !) symbols.
Putting it all together:
Combine these search strategies to improve your search results.
Example: (physician* OR doctor* OR healer*) AND (wom?n OR female)