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First Year Student Research

Brainstorm Keywords

You might start with a single word topic like GMOs or a question like "Should GMOs be sold for human consumption?" Before looking for answers, think about language. Make a list of keywords. Think about the different concepts in your search.

keyword brainstorm for GMOs, benefits, and risks.

Then enter these terms in the database's Advanced Search using the multiple boxes for the different key concepts in your topic.

Sample search for gmo OR genetically modified organisms AND hunger or famine OR droughts

Source: UT Libraries

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