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Keywords and Topic Suggestions

Keyword Suggestions

Are you experiencing difficulty locating relevant information in GIL-Find or GALILEO? Try switching up the keywords and/or subject headings you are using. Here are some ideas for searching by topics/subjects in management as well as suggestions for keywords to use that might yield better search results. Also, look at the Tips For Finding Keywords to find keywords and subject headings from sources listed in GALILEO. or GIL-Find

Look at the tabs of this box for suggestions and ideas for specific business areas and disciplines. Also, look at these additional keyword tips on how to use your keywords more efficiently to get more relevant search results. 

General Business Topics

 

Keyword and Topic Suggestions

advertising

international sales

sexual harassment

bankruptcy

internships

short-term financing

branding

knowledge management

social security

business ethics

labor disputes

the Starbucks Effect

change management

leadership

strategic planning

cloud computing

mandatory drug testing

sustainability

competition

marketing ethics

taxation

competitive intelligence

marketing on the World Wide Web

team leadership

consulting, consultation

mentoring

telecommuting

consumer risk

national debt

telemarketing

consumerism

negotiating, negotiation

tourism

corporate culture

operations management

underage workers

data mining

outsourcing

unemployment

employment equity

paperless society

unions

entrepreneurship

project management

whistleblowing

forecasting

public unions

work ethic

foreign exchange

recession

workplace wellness

funding for nonprofit organizations

retirement planning

work/life ratio

harassment

RFID identity theft

workplace violence

human resources

risk management

 

human resources management

scams

 

identity theft

   
 

Management

 

Keyword and Topic Suggestions

advertising

international sales

sexual harassment

bankruptcy

internships

short-term financing

branding

knowledge management

social security

business ethics

labor disputes

the Starbucks Effect

change management

leadership

strategic planning

cloud computing

mandatory drug testing

sustainability

competition

marketing ethics

taxation

competitive intelligence

marketing on the World Wide Web

team leadership

consulting, consultation

mentoring

telecommuting

consumer risk

national debt

telemarketing

consumerism

negotiating, negotiation

tourism

corporate culture

operations management

underage workers

data mining

outsourcing

unemployment

employment equity

paperless society

unions

entrepreneurship

project management

whistleblowing

forecasting

public unions

work ethic

foreign exchange

recession

workplace wellness

funding for nonprofit organizations

retirement planning

work/life ratio

harassment

RFID identity theft

workplace violence

human resources

risk management

 

human resources management

scams

 

identity theft

   
 

Tips For Finding Search Terms

Finding Search Terms

Research can be challenging when the keywords that you use are not producing the type of relevant information that you need. To combat this challenge, here are a few suggestions to help produce more relevant search results. 

  • Use Synonyms 

Sometimes the most logical keyword is not always the right one, depending on how the database is organized. Try finding a different way of saying the same word.  

  • Look at keywords from articles in the search results list.  

    • Using the keywords 'ethics in business administration,' a list of potential matches will populate. Databases will often displace the subject terms and keywords used to describe the article. You then can try adding or replacing those terms in your next search results. 

Screenshoot showing where additional keywords are in a search results list in GALILEO. The keywords used are ethics in business administration.

  • Find the other keywords used to index a source that is relevant to your topic. 
    • If you find an information source that is particularly relevant to your topic, look at the other keywords used to index it into the database. Click on the link in the search results list. Then scroll to find the other search terms used. Look at the graphic below to see an example.

A screenshot showing the user where additional keywords would be located for an information source they would like to find articles related to the topics.


***Keep In Mind***

Clicking on the individual keyword links with take you to articles, and other sources, that are indexed under that subject. So it may not necessarily help to click on the links themselves. Consider adding or replacing them to your search term strategy. 

Search Tips For Business Related Topics.

Choose keywords that represent the main concept(s) of your research topic. Then, as needed:

  • Use AND
    This will narrow your search since search results will include only documents that contain all of the words linked by AND.

  • Use OR
    This will broaden your search since search results will include documents that contain any of the words linked by OR. Terms linked by OR should be put between parentheses.  

  • Use quotation marks
    This will find documents that contain the exact phrase placed between the quotation marks.

  • Use * (an asterisk)
    This will find various endings of the word fragment before the *. For example, searching for manage* will find documents containing managersmanagersmanagement, etc. Note that you can use an asterisk in a phrase enclosed in quotation marks.

Sample search:  manage* AND communicat* AND ("virtual team*" OR "distributed team*")

Found too many results?

  • Add more keywords, using AND
    If you find that you are retrieving too many results, add more keywords to reflect additional concepts related to your topic.

Sample search:  manage* AND communicat* AND ("virtual team*" OR "distributed team*") AND trust

Found too few results?

  • Add more keywords, using OR
    If you are having trouble finding enough results, add synonyms or related terms for terms already used in your search statement. 

Sample search:  manage* AND communicat* AND ("virtual team*" OR "distributed team*" OR "remote team*" OR "dispersed team")

Adapted from University of Maryland Global Campus Business Research Guide