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HWST 207: Mālama Ahupuaʻa: Planning Your Research

This guide was created for the students of HWST 207 in Spring 2017.


  1. What are you genuinely interested in?
  2. What do you already know?
  3. Ask questions to help give more breadth & depth to your topic

  1. Identify the main components of your topic
  2. Think of synonyms and related terms


  • Keywords are how you communicate your ideas in a collection / database
  • Leave out non-descriptive words (the, and, because, for, etc.) and focus on words of value