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NOTE: You MUST download and complete this in Word.
Step 1: Write the topic for your paper in the box at the top of the worksheet.
Underline the keywords or keyword phrases for your topic. These are the main ideas for your topic and they can be single words or phrases. They are usually nouns.
Step 2: Brainstorm additional keywords that are either synonyms, broader keywords, or narrower keywords. Write your additional keywords in the boxes next to the main keywords.
Step 3: Choose a word from two or three rows and then add each one per search box in Academic Search Ultimate to start searching. Different keyword combinations will give different search results.
Step 4: Write down any new keywords you discover while searching. These new keywords may be more helpful in finding articles relevant to your topic.