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A Guide to the Research Process

Need help finding keywords?

If you are struggling to find keywords, try the following:

Identifying Keywords

Keywords are terms that represent your topic during your research. How do you Identify Keywords?  First, write out your paper topic or research question:

Do genetically modified organisms present a danger to public health?

Circle or underline the key concepts.

Do genetically modified organisms present a danger to public health?

We now have three keywords, #1 - Genetically Modified Organism, #2 - Danger, and #3 - Public Health.  We'll use these three to develop more.  Using the Blank Identifying Keywords Worksheet to the left or a piece of scratch paper, place each of the three keywords at the top of a column, leaving an extra column called Other.  Now make a list of related terms, broader terms, and narrower terms for each of these three keywords and put any other relevant terms in the Other column.

Gentically Modified Organisms Danger Public Health Other
GMO Threat National Wellness  Nutrition
Transgenic organisms Contamination

Epidemiology

Environment
Research Ethics (Danger to) Person Consumers Cross-pollinate
Genetic Engineering (Danger to) Property
Genetic Modification (Danger to) Environment