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ENG1050 Introduction to College Writing (Arterian)

Thinking of Your Research Question in Terms of Keywords

Pull out the most important aspects of your research question 

  • Who
  • What
  • Where

Use different keywords / synonyms / alternate terms

Brainstorm a list or create a word web

Use a thesaurus to help you think of alternate words


How have modern adaptations of Shakespeare’s Othello dealt with the theme of racism through casting, staging and allusion to contemporary events? 

  • Othello
  • Racism
  • Theatrical Development

Othello: The Tragedy of Othello, the Moore of Venice, Un Capitano Moro, The Moorish Captain

Racism: prejudice, bigotry, inequality, injustice, bias, discrimination 

Theatrical Development: casting, staging, allusion, production, themes, selection, direction, rendering, depiction

Introduction to Keywords (Walden University Library)