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MENA_101-6: We Are What We Eat: Turkish Food Culture & Cuisine: Keywords & Search Terms

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Identifying keywords

To select keywords for a search, start by writing your topic out as a sentence or question. For example:

"What role did coffee houses play in the intellectual life of the Ottoman Empire"

There are several key concepts in this question. First, extract those concepts from the topic question (bold). Then list synonymous or related terms for each - you have a list of keywords to use!


Role Coffee Houses Intellectual Life
Aspect Cafe Scholars 
Part Coffee trade Intellegencia
Function Coffee production Academic

Choosing Keywords

Getting started on your research? This video will show you how to come up with keywords based on your research topic.