Before beginning your research, it is important to identify and outline the keywords you will be using for your research. This will help you track your searches and save time by ensuring you have what you need before starting your searches.
Your keywords begin with your health fair research topic. Outlining all of your key terms and possible synonyms or related alternatives to those keywords is a great first step in beginning your research.
Why keywords? Searching a library database is not the same as searching Google. Typing a whole sentence or phrase in a search box may give you poor results, or more likely, no results.
Check out the short (only 2 minutes!) video below for a great explanation of keywords and how to identify them.
What are Keywords?
This short video from Augustana Library illustrates the role that keywords play within the research process.