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Integrative Learning: Place & Space: Topic Ideas & Keywords

Finding search terms

Once you have an idea, find words to describe your topic. These will become your search terms.

1. Write out your thesis sentence.

2. Select the important or essential words.

3. Identify alternative ways of saying things (synonyms, related terms, or various forms of the words). For example, instead of the word kids you may want to use children.

Topic Ideas and Keywords

Keywords: Important words or phrases we use to describe a topic.


Factory farming

Clean energy OR renewable energy

Zero waste


Environmental Footprint OR carbon footprint


Environmental issues

Genetically modified food

Renewal Energy