At this point in the research process, we may be tempted to jump right in and start searching. But one thing that’s important to remember: databases and search engines are incredible, but they are not smart! They will only search for what you tell them to, and nothing more.
If someone is using a different term for the same concept, your search may not bring up their work – i.e. searching for “film” and missing work on “cinema”.
We get around this by brainstorming synonyms to these terms before we begin our search.
Head to the class Google Doc and we'll come up with keyword synonyms together.