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Good keywords are essential to good research. It is a good idea to come up with a list of keywords as you start planning your research topic.
Two simple questions can help get you started:
List out the answers to those questions using single words or simple phrases. These will become your keywords. Be prepared to change these words as you do your research. You may discover other words to use instead of the words in your first list. Think of synonyms of the keywords on your list. Databases are literal in their understanding so they need to know every possible word.
When doing your research, you may get so many results you don't know what to do ... that's when you need to narrow your topic. Is there something more specific about your topic that you can use as a keyword? Also if you aren't finding enough information, broaden your topic, take a step back and determine broader keywords.