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Keywords are terms that describe the topic you are researching. Keywords can be a people, places, things, ideas, or concepts. We need keywords to effectively search in library academic databases (like CLIO or Jstor). Unlike internet browsers, which have developed to understand full questions written in natural language, academic databases use keywords to locate resources.
There are no perfect searches when using keywords, which is why it's useful to brainstorm lots of related terms and/or synonyms to locate what you are looking for. For example, we might use the word "teenager" to describe a particular population, but the term "youth" might be used in a database instead. You can also find new keywords once you begin searching in the content section and subject sections of a catalog entry.
Note: To search for articles that happen to be literature reviews, you can insert the phrase "literature review" (keep the quotes in for syntactical precision) in your article search, along with other terms that cover the topic/theme you are looking for. Many articles that are structured as literature reviews will mention this aspect in the title.