On completion of this module you will be able to:
Other useful guides that can help you with research skills.
Why do I need to know about keywords?
How do I know which keywords to use in my search?
The first step is to consider the key concepts in your topic. Consider the following topic:
"Discuss the possible tensions in the management of heritage and conservation icons"
The main concepts are tensions, management, heritage and conservation
|Tension||Management||Heritage & Conservation|
|world heritage sites|
TIP: Consider variations in spelling: colour/color, organise/organize, theatre/theater.
This short video explains how to link keywords using Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) and explains other search tips.
For example: (conservation OR heritage OR culture) AND management
Use quote marks when searching for a phrase (more than one word). For example: "water shortage", "climate change"
This will ensure the search is for the exact phrase rather than two separate words and will hence return specifc results and save you time.
The wildcard symbol '?' will match any single character (although some databases and catalogues use the "*" symbol for a wildcard as well). For example, wom?n will include women and woman.
Use the truncation symbol '*' (asterisk) to help you search for alternate forms of your keywords. For example, child* will include child, children, children's.