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Analyse the topic

Before searching for sources, you need to analyse your topic.

Topic: Explore three ways in which the mental health of teenagers can be improved through exercise.

Search for sources in Databases and Discover using keywords combined with search tools. Begin by identifying the keywords.

Keywords

These are words and phrases specifically related to your topic. Start with the ones from your assessment task then think alternative words (including broader, narrower and related terms, as well as different spellings for your keywords). The table below provides an example.

Keyword Alternative words
teenagers adolescents, young adults, teens, youth, juvenile
mental health mental illness, depression, emotional well-being, anxiety, self-esteem
exercise sports, active, workout, fitness, athletics

Now that you have some alternative keywords, you need to combine them with the following search tools: phrase searching, truncation, wildcards, Boolean operators and nesting.


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