After you have developed your research question and thesis statement, you need to think about how you will search for resources about your topic.
Usually, whether you are searching for library resources or online resources, you will want to break your topic down into keywords, or main concepts. When you enter these terms into the search box, the database (or search engine) will match them against words that appear in the articles, books, web pages, or other resources, and will return results which include your keywords. We will talk more about how to combine keywords into an effective search strategy in the Find section of this guide.
If your thesis statement is "The use of social media is negatively affecting teenagers' sleep patterns", you might choose the following keywords / terms:
The best way to find synonyms or related words is to use a thesaurus. Here are some good examples: