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Step 1: Search Terms from Research Question

Good Reaserch Question = Bad Search Terms:

Are children who meditate more likely to be better students?


Find important words, and refine ambiguous terms

Are children who meditate more likely to be better students?


Students meditate (define better, children)


Good Search Terms:

Students, meditate, performance, grades, behavior, improved


Step 2: Get Background Information


  • Overview   -   Gain a broad understanding of your topic
  • Definitions - Be an informed reader
  • Notable Names - Know the major players
  • Dates & Events - Contextualize your topic
  • Bibliographies - Fish those citations!

 General Encyclopedias

Subject Specific Encyclopedias

Extensive;scholarly - Gain a more in-depth understanding of your topic

Periodicals by Title

  • Periodical Search
    A link that allows you to browse or search for periodicals by name and can be used to determine if a journal is peer-reviewed.

Step 3: Gather More Search Terms

Build a list of keywords and synonyms


Children • Kids •  Student/s • High/Middle/Grade/Primary/Secondary+Schoolers

Mindfulness • Meditation • Relaxation • Focusing

Improved • Better • Increased • Decreased • Reduced

Grades • Performance • "Well-Being" • Compliance • "Behavioral Issues"


Research Tip: Use a Concept Map to Brainstorm

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