Whether you are searching the Internet or a database, generating effective search terms can save time, yield relevant results, and provide an opportunity to explore various perspectives on a specific topic. Generating search terms is a dynamic and iterative process. As you search, you may find it necessary to modify or add new search terms to your list.
Overview of the Search Process
1. Examine your research question and identify the words that represent the main ideas. These "main idea" words can be your first search terms.
Research Question: “How do environmental protests impact deforestation?”
2. Generate synonyms, related ideas, and alternative forms for each main idea word.