KEYWORDS carry some of the most important meanings that will open doors to vast amounts of information. You can develop keywords by searching reference sources, books, websites, and thesauri, among other materials.
Creating KEYWORD lists are important in that you will use these terms to search library tools such as the library catalog and article research databases.
Be sure to think broadly and narrowly about your topic when developing your keywords.
In addition to the link to Thesaurus.com below, MS Word has a built-in thesaurus:
It is important to gather background information on a topic before diving into doing research. It can supply context information to give a better understanding of a topic, and it can also be a great way to start developing keywords to use during the research process. Background information on a topic can be gathered from a variety of sources, including textbooks, books, reference materials like encyclopedias, and reputable websites. Listed below are several examples of websites and databases art that could be used for this purpose:
Don't forget that museum websites can also be good sources of background information about artists, movements, specific works of art, general time periods, etc.