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English 110 - Martin: Keywords

This guide provides students with recommended resources for research in English 110 with Joanne Martin.

Developing Search Terms

Sometimes the words you use to search a topic are different from the words used by the library catalog and databases. Before you search, try coming up with other ways to describe your topic.

For example:

  • Fracking is also called hydraulic fracturing
  • Searches for human trafficking, sex trafficking, modern slavery or enslavement, forced labor, and forced marriage all bring up different results.

If you have trouble finding information on your topic, ask a librarian for help or try some of the search words listed below:

  • Explore combining specific topics, terms, or locations
    • Example: single payer health care in California
  • Social issues or social problems
  • Social justice, social conditions, or social aspects
  • Environmental issues or environmental problems 
  • Environmental justice or environmental conditions
  • Equity, discrimination, or inequality
  • Politics
  • Human rights or civil rights
  • Causes and effects
  • Solutions
  • Pros and cons
  • Debate
  • Activism
  • Policy
  • Laws and regulations
  • Funding
  • Politics
  • History
  • Outcomes or outlook

Print Reference Books (social issues, sustainability, bioethics)