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Generating keywords for your searches

To come up with keywords for your research, try the following:

1. Think carefully about your topic.  Write it out in a sentence or two.

2. Circle the key concepts in your topic sentences.

3. Brainstorm synonyms or related terms for your key concepts.  One approach to brainstorming is to create a concept map. You can do this with simple pen and paper or via free online programs such as or Text 2 Mind Map.

4. These are now your search terms.  Experiment with different combinations of the terms as you search in databases.

5. When you successfully find sources that are relevant to your search, pay attention to the keywords and subject terms in the database record and the source itself.  This may lead you to additional sources.

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Need help?

Sorting through information can be tough.  Do you need assistance finding books, articles, and other resources for your research?  We're here to help you at any point during the process. Did you know that you can make an individual appointment with a librarian?  Link to contact information for the librarian for your subject area through our Research by Subject guides.  

Remember, stop by or contact the library services desk for help! 

What is information literacy?

Information literacy skills help you determine the type of information you need and help you search, find, evaluate, and use resources in a variety of formats. As the availability of online resources continues to expand, information literacy skills are essential to academic and workplace success, as well as lifelong learning. One of Bucknell’s Educational Goals is the development of information literacy and technological competency for all students across disciplines. 


    The Writing Process

    Research is only half of the equation when you're working on an academic project.  You must now synthesize your ideas and sources into a logical, coherent product.  Here are some links that will help you with this process.

    • Selected resources for writers (Bucknell Writing Center)
      Helpful resources for every stage of the writing process.
    • Writing Process Map
      Designed by the Writing Program at Capella University, this diagram shows just how intertwined the research and writing process are. Research is an iterative process, not a one-time event, and must be an integral part of the writing process.
    • Citation Guides
      Now that you've researched, written and revised, it's time to properly cite your sources. These guides will help you to give attribution to your references.

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    Tech Desk

    Phone: 570.577.7777

    Library Services Desk

    Phone: 570.577.1462

    Equipment Desk

    Phone: 570.577.7733


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