Brainstorm keywords to use in your search. Pick words that represent key aspects of your topic. This can be tricky as the same idea can be expressed in many ways. To ensure best results when searching, brainstorm several keywords whenever possible.
Ask the following questions:
Key aspects of this topic
Alternate keywords for each aspect
Neurotic can be expressed in several ways such as:
Use your course readings and lecture notes to brainstorm keywords. For example, one of the personality tests tells us that "neuroticism" has several different aspects, and these aspects can be used as keywords. For example:
If you are unsure of other ways to express a concept, look up synonyms in a thesaurus, like Thesaurus.com
What are alternate keywords for "academic performance"?
My topic: Does neuroticism impact academic performance?
Key aspects of the topic: neuroticism AND academic performance
Enter the keywords we brainstormed on the last page into the advanced search using AND/OR.
OR links related keywords together, AND adds another set of keywords to the search
neuroticism OR anxiety OR depression OR anger
academic performance OR academic achievement
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