Selecting (and using) the right keywords for your topic or research question is key to successful secondary research.
For each important concept embedded in your topic statement or research question, think about:
Be mindful of:
Start building your list of keywords with the case study you have selected for your assignment. Look in:
Use the full-text of relevant references from this initial study to identify additional keywords. As your research progresses, continue to track the terms or phrases associated with other sources you find and if necessary, revisit databases you used previously to search on these new terms.
Other strategies for generating a robust list of keywords include: