To maximize your manuscript’s chances of a well-matched review and readership, here are three considerations when choosing key terms: Guidelines for the number and type of keywords may vary between journals.In certain cases, the editors will even provide a list of preferred terms, and clinical publications will often specifically request keywords drawn from the U. National Library of Medicine’s collection of Medical Subject Headings (Me SH).Your readers will likely search for terms that are commonly used in your field and related areas.
Unlike a regular bibliography, which merely provides a list of citations, an annotated bibliography describes how each source in the bibliography pertains to the subject being researched.
Generally, annotated bibliographies offer fewer than three sentences that describe each entry, explaining how the resource relates to the topic at hand.
When you search a database, your results will include citations, and they will often also provide an abstract.
By reading through the abstract, you can decide whether the information in the article is relevant to your research or if it takes an approach that might be related to your topic but does not help to develop your thesis.
The use of Me SH terms ensures that a “common vocabulary” is applied to index biomedical content, facilitating literature searches.
In other cases, a journal may specify particular keywords that should not be used, such as words already included in your manuscript’s title.Our consultants conduct classroom visits and writing-oriented programs across campus.Whether we are working with undergraduate students engaged in their general education or graduate, post-doc, and faculty writers working in more specialized fields, we encourage visits from writers at any stage of the writing process — from understanding contexts for writing and interpreting assignment prompts, to revising and organizing ideas.However, very general search terms (such as “cell” or “PCR”), which may make it difficult for a researcher to find your article amid many other hits and for a journal to select an appropriate editor and peer reviewers, should also be omitted from the keyword list.The same is true for abbreviations that may have multiple meanings (such as “PLC,” which could stand for “phospholipase C” or “peptide-loading complex”).Copyright ©1995-2018 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms and conditions of fair use.By reading the abstract, you can decide whether your research will be furthered with a particular title.ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: a list of sources on a topic that is accompanied by a brief description of each entry.To facilitate online article searches, most journals require authors to select 4-8 keywords (or phrases) to accompany a manuscript.Keywords may also be used to match a specific editor to a manuscript and to identify peer reviewers with related research interests.