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Step 1: Search Terms from Research Question

Starting Reaserch Question:


Should the United States Food and Drug Administration regulate the sale of herbal and dietary supplements?



Find important words, and refine ambiguous terms:


Should the United States Food and Drug Administration regulate the sale of herbal and dietary supplements?


Get rid of the ? and 'Should'.
Remove Stop Words: the, of, and (Words so common that databases don't care about them)



Good Initial Search Terms:


"United States Food and Drug Administration", regulate, sale, "herbal supplements", "dietary supplements"



 

Step 2: Get Background Information

Encyclopedias

  • 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

 

Step 3: Gather More Search Terms

Build a list of keyword synonyms and concepts


Unites States Food and Drug Administration • USFDA • FDA • US Government
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regulation • management • oversee• oversight• govern • moderate • legislate • supervise
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herbal • botanical • natural • homeopathic
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dietary consumable • nutritive additive
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sale • advertisement

Then mix and match search terms!

e.g. USDA + regulation + herbal + additives + sale


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