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Keywords are words related to your topic that will help you find information when searching library resources. You will want to use more than one keyword in order to find the best information.
Separate your topic into concepts. If your research question is "Many college students work while going to school. Does their work life have any effect on their grades?" your keywords will include:
Brainstorm synonyms or related terms for each concept. Think about words that may be more or less "formal" than your initial keywords (for example, "employment" is a more formal way of saying "job" or "work")