1. Formulate a specific research question
For example: How does climate change affect Indigenous communities in Canada?
2. Identify the main concepts, these become your keywords
For this topic, our main concepts would be: climate change, Indigenous communities, and Canada
3. Brainstorm synonyms or related terms for each concept
Researchers might also talk about climate change by saying: global warming, climate warming, global cooling, climate cooling, etc.
4. Combine those terms using Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT), quotations marks, and brackets
("climate change" OR "global warming") AND ("Indigenous communities" OR "First Nations communities") AND Canada
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