Once you have a topic in mind, it is time to start identifying keywords and phrases that describe your topic. The terms that you come up with can be used to search in the online catalog as well as the library's online databases. For example:
Research question: Are safe injection sites a good response to the opioid crisis?
Identify the most important concepts in your question: Safe Injection sites - opioid crisis
Brainstorm alternate keywords and phrases.
If you are having trouble coming up with search terms, see a reference librarian who can help you find the best terms to use to find the information you need to write your paper.
Following are some other strategies for coming up with keywords: