If you're not sure where to start, consult the dictionaries and the encyclopedias listed under Reference Materials
Reflect on various aspects of your research topic
Determine which questions you're attempting to answer
Think of synonyms and related terms that apply to your topic
Consider using thesauri (e.g. Oxford) if you need help identifying good keywords
Start your research in the library catalogue, key databases or other relevant resources
Depending on your search results, narrow or broaden your searches by adding/removing keywords, using search operators etc.
Evaluate the documents that you find as well as the sources of information
Keep a record of keywords that you used and information that you located
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Boolean logic AND, OR, NOT
e.g. If you type Canada AND election, you will find documents that contain both keywords.
Quotation marks "____"
e.g. If you type "human rights" in quotation marks, you will find documents that contain this phrase.
e.g. If you type Canad*, you will find documents that contain the words Canada, Canadian, canadienne...
e.g. If you type wom?n, you will find documents that contain the words woman and/or women.
Operators may vary from database to database: consult specific database help pages for more information. Most databases ignore certain common words -- articles, conjunctions and prepositions -- such as the, a, of, for, but...