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Adult Upgrading - English 012 First Nations Focus Winter 2024

My Kingdom for the Right Keywords

Keywords and phrases are how we search in OCtopuse-journals, and research databases.

The best starting point to identify your keywords and phrases is to deconstruct the research topics and/or your thesis statement. For example,


What impact did George Ryga have on the Canadian literary and theatrical communities?


Keywords  Alternative Keywords


Impact*; Influen*, 

"George Ryga"  "Ryga, Goerge"


Literature, Books, Publications, Publishing 


Theatre, Performing Arts, Playwright


Where Do I Find These Alternative Keywords

They're everywhere:

  1. Your Assignment

  2. Textbooks

  3. Your Lectures and Lecture Notes

  4. Background Reference Sources

  5. OCtopus Detailed Record (Metadata)

  6. Books and E-Books check their works cited list, indexes, bibliography, etc.

  7. Journal Articles check for Keywords in the article, abstractworks cited, etc.

  8. Webpages - especially those from Universities and Colleges, Research Institutions, government websites, and subject-themed websites.

Don't Get the Rita Joe's Confused

Just a word of warning. Don't get George Ryga's Rita Joe confused with Rita Joe the Indigenous poet and author. 

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