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ENGL 4 (Hickman) SU23

Keywords are Critical

Improve your Search Strategies in 3 Easy Steps!

  1. Create a research question. What factors influence your identity?
  2. Identify main concepts:
    • factors
    • identity
  3. Brainstorm related terms:
    • culture, race, ethnicity, gender, society, family/friends, location, media, health, values and beliefs
    • self concept, self-identity, social identity, self-perception, personality

Keyword Tips

  • Spelling counts! If you're not seeing many results, double-check your spelling.

  • Try "Phrase Searching" - Place quotation marks around keywords you want to keep together.

    • Examples: "social identity" "social media"

  • Think about how experts in the field would phrase the concepts you're researching and try those terms in your search.

Research Databases

Magazines and Newspapers

MLA Citation

Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style is used to avoid plagiarism and give credit to others for their work. MLA (8th and 9th edition) requires:

  • In-Text Citations for each source when paraphrasing and quoting
  • Works Cited page with full citation details for each source used