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Brainstorming Keywords (video)
Concepts in a Research Question Activity
Some of the alternative terms from the exercise above are synonyms while others are related terms. Using synonyms as keywords can be especially useful when search results are too broad or too narrow. For example, synonyms for "pollution" that could be used as alternative search terms include "smog" or "hazardous waste."