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FRENCH 105-6: "The Trial and the Quest": 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 do supernatural figures or forces play in quest narratives?"

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


Role Supernatural   Quest Narratives
Aspect Metaphysical   Pantagruel 
Part Miraculous   Lancelot
Function Fantastic   Princess Bride

Generating search terms from keywords

Use this online keyword generator to create your lists in preparation to search online databases.