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Research Help

This guide will help you through the research process.

Why Search Terms?

So what's the big deal with search terms? This may seem unnecessary in a world with Google but for scholarly, authoritative research you'll need to utilize library databases. With databases, you will need to use the appropriate search terms.

What will search terms do for you?

  • Make your research more effective & efficient.
  • Find the most useful sources faster & easier.
  • Save you time!

Identify Key Concepts and Terms

Identify the key concepts in your topic:

The effect of social media on bullying behaviors among U.S. teenagers.

Brainstorm for related terms:

social media OR facebook OR sns OR social networks

bullying OR aggression OR school violence OR cyberbullying

U.S. OR USA OR United States 

teenagers OR teens OR youth OR adolescents