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Library Help: ENGL 3764 Technical Writing: Develop Keywords

Vocabulary of Your Research Topic


After you have some knowledge of your topic, you should deliberately brainstorm some keywords. Keywords are the main words, concepts, or ideas in a topic or research question. 


Why Do Keywords Matter?

This video will help you to understand how and why to convert a question into keywords.

This video was made at another university, so you can ignore the annotated bibliography assignment mentioned in it. Instead, just focus on the discussion of keywords.

Selecting the Right Number of Keywords. from Kimbel Library on Vimeo.

Generating and Using Keywords

You’ll notice that the last video recommend using 2-4 keywords for searching library databases. Watch this next video to learn more about coming up with keywords. 

Keywords to Databases