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This short activity helps students develop keywords using synonyms.
Keywords are important for searching and making sure students know that they may have to try multiple keywords allows them to search better independently in the future.
Keyword Concept Map
Similar to exercises used when developing a topic this is a way for students to approach a topic from many different angles while generating keywords.
Keywords using broader, narrower, and related terms
An activity with examples that help students think of multiple keywords by using broader, narrower, and related terms.
Creating a Search Query
Provides a list of questions to help students formulate their search queries. Also provides search tips. Part of Research 101 Portal.
Exercise for students to go through the steps of searching an article database. Can be used with keyword/search worksheets. Part of Research 101 Portal.
Keyword development exercise
Worksheet that provides a chart that students can use to fill in narrower, broader (etc.) concept terms
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When do I teach Generating Keywords?
When students will be searching for their own sources, teaching keywords and their importance is a good place to start.
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