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Searching with Keywords

Searching with Keywords

I have a topic. What's next?

Sometimes narrowing your topic can be difficult. Use the tools listed below to help you find keywords and improve your "search vocabulary." Enter a general search term into the Mind Map and Topic Finder platforms to find not only journal articles and encyclopedia entries, but a variety of topics related to the terms you entered. These tools are also great for building or improving your search vocabulary, but remember to be concise!

NVU Libraries also recommends viewing two helpful tutorials on developing keywords and keyword searching created by librarians at the University of Houston Libraries.