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Gerstein Science Information Centre

CSB198: Cell and Molecular Biology in the News

To help students find recent media articles on cell and molecular biology and explore the science behind them.

Developing keywords

Web Search Strategies

Common Craft Web Serach Strategies Video

Choosing Keywords

The first step in choosing keywords is to think about what information you need to search for. This seems obvious, and to a certain extent you are probably already doing it. But a more systematic approach will reward you.

1. Break the search down into the key concepts/ideas.  For example, if we are looking for information about nutrition and cancer  the main concepts are nutrition AND cancer.

2. Brainstorm (or look for in your background reading) synonyms since not all authors or websites will use the same words or terminology.  Making a concept box can greatly aid you in your search.

  Concept 1 Concept 2
Synonyms

cancer
OR
or specific type of cancer (e.g. breast cancer)
OR
neoplasm

nutrition
OR
diet
OR
eating habits
OR
food