2. Identify your KEYWORDS
A. Clearly state the research question as a research question
- Example: In college students, how does sleep deprivation affect learning?
B. Identify the main and unique KEYWORDS
- Example: Sleep deprivation
C. Apply quotation marks to your and/or asterisks to your search
Use quotation marks around phrases (keywords consisting of two or more words that must go together) to keep the words together
- "Sleep deprivation"
- "College students"
Use asterisks to fill-in-the-blank at the end of a word. This is called truncation. The asterisk will be replaced by any letter(s) that could possible end the word.
Example: learn* = learn, learning, learner, learners, etc.
D. Identify synonyms or related terms
"sleep deprivation" "REM deprivation"
"college students" "university students"