Using Keywords Instead of Phrase or Sentence Searches
Let’s begin by describing what keywords are. Keywords typically represent who, where, what, when, and how about the topic that we search. For example, if we are given a research prompt like:
How does ADHD affect students at universities?
- We could answer the who question by stating students.
- We could answer the where question by stating universities.
- Next, we could answer the what question by stating ADHD. Most recognize that ADHD is an abbreviation for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which could also be an acceptable substitution for ADHD.
Notice that we usually only enter one keyword per search box. (See image below of one keyword per search box)
Be aware that keywords can be more than one word, though. For example, the United States of America is one keyword even though it is more than one word.