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English 240 Research Guide - Dr. Kulavuz-Onal: Develop Keywords

Keywords

What are keywords? Keywords are the most important words in a research statement or question. They are the words that create significance or meaning.

Why use keywords? Keywords are important in research because they are highly useful to facilitate an online search for information. They open the doors to vast amounts of information. Keywords may also be referred to as “search terms.”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: if your research topic concerns "ESOL," be sure to search using both ESOL in one search and spell it out in another search, so, English as a Second Language. 

Using keywords makes a huge difference: