Identify Key Concepts

Identify Key Concepts

We’ve already established that where you look influences the outcome of your search. So does how you ask.

No matter where you’re searching, you will need to pick out the most important keywords contained in your research question. These are generally nouns.

How have stereotypes affected the identity of Native Americans?

In this case, there are 3 keywords that are essential to the meaning of your search, and they are considered key concepts.

Remember this cardinal rule of searching: The more you key in, the less you get back.