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Keywords are the words you type into a search box to search for information on your topic. The words you use to describe your topic may be different from the words used by scholars. For example, a scientist researching probiotics might use the more specific scientific terms Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium.
Try conducting background research to identify scientific terms and other keywords related to your topic. Use Google or Wikipedia as a starting point, or use the following reference database (from off campus, you will be prompted to log in with your Pipeline username and password):
Credo Reference Contains the full text of over 1,000 encyclopedias, dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, and other reference books covering all major subject areas. Thousands of Topics Pages provide articles from different reference sources, arranged by subject. Includes “gadgets” for finding images, definitions, people, pronunciations, quotations, and measurement conversations, as well as a concept map feature for help identifying keywords and broadening or narrowing a topic. Additional features include videos, maps, and animations.
Using Keywords Strategically
Watch the video below for a short tutorial on using keywords. If you have trouble finding information on your topic, ask a librarian for help choosing the best keywords to use in your search.