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Fullerton College Library

A Very General Research Guide

Research @ FC Library

Identifying Search Terms

Name What You Want

1) What type of information are you seeking? I am looking for information on the problems and solutions with food waste.

2) Pull out the key concepts from your answer. 1. food waste, 2. problems, 3. solutions

3) Where possible, list similar terms or examples of the important concepts identified. 

Main Concept connect with 2nd Concept connect with 3rd Concept

food waste

 

AND

problems

or

landfills

or

pollution

or

methane

AND

solutions

or

consumer education

or 

expiration dates

or 

composting

Use these key concepts and their synonyms to search for the information you need.

 
Start broad:

 

 

Then click Advanced Search to add new concepts with similar terms connected with or:

 

 

Instead of using the or connector, you can also replace concepts with similar terms:

Then re-search, replacing "consumer education" with composting, another solution: