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The Research Process

  1. Start with your research question or thesis statement.
  2. Identify key concepts.
  3. Identify keywords related to those concepts.
  4. Choose your search tools.
  5. Test your search.
  6. Revise/refine your search.

Keywords & search terms

Food and Health in America

This guide provides some helpful information for your research on this topic, including keywords and recommended databases.

Finding Keywords

  1. Do some pre-research on a topic! Use Google to explore your topic, which will lead you to keywords and a way to turn your topic into a thesis statement. You're not looking for specific sources yet - you're just exploring the topic. Write down keywords as you find them. You can use them later to search databases for peer-reviewed sources.
  2. Use the Subject Terms tool in a database like Academic Search Complete. It'll give you database-specific terms to use when searching.
  3. If you need an idea to start with, go to Opposing Viewpoints and use the Browse Issues tool.

Here are some search terms (or possible topics!) to get you started:


agricultural biotechnology

agricultural subsidies

designer food

diet and disease

factory farming

food additives

food labels

food poisoning outbreaks

food production or supply

genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

meat production

nutrition disorders

nutritional epidemiology


ENG 152 Information Literacy Objectives

Information Literacy is one of MCC's four general education goals. Information Literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate and use information effectively. In this session, you will learn how to:

  1. Select appropriate search tools to identify and locate information sources.
  2. Construct effective database searches.

These skills will help you find quality, appropriate resources for your research assignments.