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Keyword Searching: Finding Articles on Your Topic: Introduction

Introduction to keyword searching

Keyword searching is the process of choosing search terms and entering them into the database search boxes to locate information on your topic. This guide will walk you through how to select and combine keywords in the Library databases to find articles on your research topic. Specifically, this guide will cover how to:

  • decide on a research topic
  • identify a relevant database
  • select appropriate keywords
  • connect keywords using Boolean operators

More information

Picking effective keywords is just part of the database search process. To learn more about using the Library databases, please refer to our guide:


You may also find the following guides helpful as you learn how to find what you need in the Walden Library:


Video: Search Terms (YouTube)

Recorded July 2018 ( 33 min 34 sec)