Brainstorm Keywords

Brainstorm some keywords and use the website to locate the following items.

  1. two books you plan to examine for relevance
  2. 10 different keyword combinations you will use for searches
  3. two databases* that you will use to find topics (e.g., Lexis-Nexis, Academic Search Complete)
  4. two journals* you will search for material on your subject (e.g., Diabetes, Clinical Nutrition)

*Before completing your action plan, be sure you know the difference (Links to an external site.) between a database (Links to an external site.), journal (Links to an external site.), and article.

Sample Research Action Plan: Genetically Modified Foods

Book titles:

  1. Genetically Modified Food: A Short Guide for the Confused
  2. High Tech Harvest: Understanding Genetically Modified Food Plants

Keyword Search Combos:

  1. Genetically modified foods
  2. Hybrid foods
  3. Food and science
  4. Nutrition and GM Foods
  5. Research and agriculture
  6. Agriculture and science
  7. Research and food
  8. Nutrition and GM foods
  9. Nutrition and hybrid foods
  10. Nutrition and new agriculture


  1. LexisNexis Academic
  2. National Academies Press


  1. Action Bioscience
  2. Crop Science

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