Whether you're looking for information in a library catalog, a journal database, or the internet, you will need a range of KEYWORDS to search with.
First, try brainstorming what you already know about the topic. You might like to use concept maps, lists or tables to organise your information. The brainstorming process should make it easier to select keywords you can use in your search.
Your list of keywords should include:
WORDS from the assignment topic
SYNONYMS - words with similar meanings
RELATED TERMS - terms related to the topic
Also, consider names of BOOKS, AUTHORS, MOVIES, DIRECTORS, CHARACTERS, etc. as possible keywords.
Remember to also include:
Identify KEYWORDS in your research question
Before you begin searching, you will need to idenify the most important words in your research question.
Research question: Is the portrayal of women in superhero movies positive or negative?
Keywords: women, super-heroes, movies