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HPE 105: Introduction to Exercise Science: Formulating the Research Strategy

Identifying Keywords and Sample Searches

Your search strategy begins by identifying keywords and phrases that define your search topic. Write down these keywords and phrases; you will be typing them into our subscription databases to find scholarly journal articles on your topic as well as our online catalog to find hard copy and electronic books.  Your research in exercise science assignment can be used to identify some of those keywords and phrases.  For example, some keywords and phrases may be:

  • female athletes
  • ACL injuries
  • exercise
  • blood glucose
  • type 1 diabetes
  • physical education
  • academic success
  • autism

These terms can be used alone to retrieve the greatest number of articles on the topic or they can be combined with another subject term to narrow down your research topic.  You can use the connector "AND" to combine subject terms and key phrases and keywords or just type your key phrases in the search box:

  • female athletes and ACL injuries
  • exercise and blood glucose and type 1 diabetes
  • physical education and academic success and autism
  • injury rates group fitness classes