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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 similar books.

Use a mind map

Creating a mind map can sometimes help in formulating your search topic and finding good search terms.


A mind map.

How to find good search terms?


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