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028227 - Learning and Development Across the Lifespan: Keywords

In this guide:

There's many methods to identify keywords for your literature search. The following method will help you unpack your topic, while also identifying alternative terms to use when you need to change your search strategy.

Download Keyword Matric Worksheet [docx, 34kB]

  • In the Topic/Synonyms column, write down the key topics you would like to investigate and alternative words that mean the same thing (synonyms). Enter one topic for each row.
  • In the Narrower column, enter specific aspects of that topic. Here you can also relate your topic to themes emerging from your interviews.
  • In the Broader column, try to think about the bigger concepts that your topic fits within. This is used in case your search comes back with too few results.


Narrower / More specific Topic Area/Synonyms Broader terms
  • Body image/satisfaction
  • Academic achievement
  • Confidence
  • Self-presentation
  • Social status
  •  Self-esteem
  • Self-worth
  •  Self-concept
  • identity