A whiteboard is a table of keywords related to your topic.
Each column represents a different keyword for your topic.
The rows consist of synonyms or words related to the word at the top of the column. i.e. If you are doing research on "Christian perfection," the column for that keyword would include "holiness" and "entire sanctification."
Before you begin the search process, make a list or develop a whiteboard to brainstorm keywords related to your topic. Keep it by your side when you start your research.
The keywords you use can have a profound impact on the results of your research.
Play detective! It is the job of the researcher to figure out how to unlock the resources he or she needs.
When searching for articles on holiness, what is the best search term to use? Christian perfection? Entire sanctification? All of them!
If the keywords you choose initially do not give you the results you need, try the others on your list or use the search strategies listed under Step 2.
If you get too many results, try narrowing the search by adding additional search terms from your whiteboard.
Helpful tips for constructing a whiteboard of search terms include: