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2024-CORE-112: Research process: keywords and more

Search terms, search phrases

Building your research strategy: search terms and keywords. Examples and Tips: 

Brainstorm synonyms, related terms, broader terms and narrower terms

sublime, transgression, emotion, fear, awe, insight, 

consciousness, dream, creativity, self-actualization, Zen, Taoism, transgression, insight

Be bold! Trial and error work! Your search terms should evolve.


consciousness AND fiction 

(Your results will include both terms in the text because using AND leads to a Venn diagram effect.)

"consciousness" AND novel

Taoism AND "Lathe of Heaven"

Quotes in searching serve as glue that holds words next to each other in your results.

"transgenerational trauma" and "collective consciousness" and Beloved 






Picking Your Topic Is Research

Please watch this video from NCSU Libraries prior to your library session. As you watch the video think about your own potential topic ideas, and then answer the questions below.