Keywords & synonyms

Learning outcomes

Why use keywords?

Identifying synonyms (similar words) and related keywords for each of your concepts or themes will ensure that your search retrieves as many relevant records as possible.

  • identify the main concepts
  • determine alternative terms to capture how others might describe the same concept
  • consider possible word variations

Finding alternative terms

Identify other keywords by:

  • reviewing abstract, keywords, subject headings, and text in relevant publications
  • consulting dictionaries and encyclopedias e.g. Credo reference database


Alternative keywords and synonyms for Education


Fundamentals of searching