Prior to starting a search, set aside important concepts of your subject and make a list of relevant words and expressions for each concept. These words and expressions may contain synonyms, words of wider or narrower meaning, related terms, etc.
|For example: How does the depiction of violence on TV influence aggressive behaviour of young people.|
Different aspects of this subject contain violence, television, young people.
|1. concept||2. concept||3. concept|
|aggression||tv||child, children, childhood|
|teenager, teenagers, teens|
|adolescent, adolescents, adolescence|
All these aspects have to be taken into account in building a search.
- Different spelling forms (organisation – organization),
- abbreviations (European Union – EU) and
- singular and plural noun forms
have to be considered as well.