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How to search for information: Find search words

Come up with key search terms

Successful information search begins with good search terms. Be bold in trying different keywords and their synonyms. Combine your search words in different ways.

  • DON'T use full sentences
  • DO use synonyms and relating words: part-time work / fixed-term work / transient employment.
  • DO think about words that describe your topic either more broadly or in more detail, e.g. part-time work > work.
Tip! If you already know a good book on your topic, check the subject terms used in HH Finna to describe the content of the book. Use them to search for more similair books.

Tools for finding search terms

Example on using different search terms