Determining Keywords

Once you have identified the concepts relevant to your topic, you will need to translate these into specific keywords to use as search terms. The concepts you identified may themselves serve as good keywords; however, some concepts will require adaptation to yield effective keywords. Potential keywords may include synonyms for, and examples of, each concept. For example, consider how the identified concepts can lead to potential keywords for the following:

“Choose one aboriginal group and discuss its challenges in asserting control over ancestral land”

Concept #1
aboriginals
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Keywords
aboriginals
First Nations
indigenous peoples
Cree
Concept #2
control
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Keywords
autonomy
sovereignty
self-determination
empowerment
Concept #3
ancestral land
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Keywords
ancestral land
land
territory

Use the Search Strategy Worksheet located in Resources to help you identify your concepts and determine possible keywords.

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