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How do I find keywords?

Finding good keywords is one of the most important and difficult tasks when searching for information.

Plan your search

Start by planning your search. Why are you searching for the information? What type of material do you need? Pick out keywords from your search query, words that summarize your query.

Medical Subject Headings

In the field of medicine and health, it is usually best to search using controlled subject headings. Get help from Swedish MeSH to find subject headings. MeSH terms are used as controlled subject headings in the PubMed database, but they can be used to look up subject hedings in other databases.


Have you found a good article? Look in the database and see what subject terms that describe the article. Then try to use those words in your search.