Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
The keywords you use can have a profound impact on the results of your research. Using the “right” words will speed up the research process, while the “wrong” words can bring to it to a halt.
Before you can begin searching for information, you need to identify keywords related to your topic. Key terminology can be easily be found by scanning:
If you are still struggling:
- Use a thesaurus to identify synonyms.
- Find pictures related to your topic, then describe them.
- Brainstorm keywords with a librarian, your instructor, or a friend.
Find Keywords with Snappy Words
"What is Snappy Words? It’s an online interactive English dictionary and thesaurus that helps you find the meanings of words and draw connections to associated words. You can easily see the meaning of each by simply placing the mouse cursor over it."
Struggling to identify #keywords based on your #topic?
Try this idea... which words would you #hashtag if it was a #social network feed?
Finding Keywords Tutorial from J&W
Great video from Johnson & Wales University. As always, if you have questions, consult one of the Georgia Tech librarians.
Make a list or use the chart below to track keywords related to your topic.
Keep it by your side when you start your research.