Developing a Search Strategy

A search strategy consists of the keywords in your topic sentence.


Topic Sentence: College students engage in risky behavior.



college students                 risky behavior


  • Always identify synonyms or related words to help you obtain more results. Consult Merriam-Webster's Thesaurus Online- for additional terms.

   Synonyms for risky behavior:


         risk-taking                              risk-taking behavior

  • Think about different ways to define risky.

   Merriam-Webster's Thesaurus offers these synonyms:

dangerous    grave          grievous   hazardous

jeopardizing  menacing    parlous    perilous

threatening   serious        unsafe     unhealthy


  • Choose examples of specific risky behaviors:


   high-risk drinking                    substance abuse                 sexual risk-taking


  • Obtaining a variety of terms allows you to develop a more sophisticated search strategy.

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