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This guide is a tutorial covering the basics of the academic research process.

Related Terms and Synonyms


When planning a search strategy, brainstorm related words or phrases for searching. When considering related terms:

  • Be flexible and come up with a variety of keywords and phrases
  • Try several different combinations of keywords and phrases when searching
  • Use dictionaries, thesauri, and other words that can be found in database records
  • Remember, that not all concepts/keywords will have related terms
  • Note that words such as effect or impact are of secondary importance in a research question - they are not main ideas

The figure below gives some examples of related terms for social media and online classroom.

Related terms for social media and online classroom