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Sociology

Breaking Up Your Topic with the Right Keywords

In order to search effectively, it's important to break out the main concepts of your research question into keywords.

     Research question:  How might feedback increase employee productivity?

     Break up your research question into keywords that represent the main concepts:

  • Feedback
  • Employees
  • Productivity

     Search for each keyword, connected with an 'AND', indicating you want results that discuss all the concepts:

             feedback AND employees AND productivity

In many databases, they provide three lines for you, for three different concepts: