Before you start your search, think about your search terms. Determine the main idea(s) in your research question or topic. These will be your search terms. For example, if your research question is Should capital punishment be abolished?, then your search term is capital punishment.
Make a list of synonymous terms, broader terms and narrower terms.
Here's another look at this research question and a few related terms.
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