THINK first, SEARCH later.
Always remember: KEYWORDS are critical!
Here's an example.
My topic is "Females have brought a positive element to the military."
My keywords in this topic are "female" and "military" and maybe something like "benefit".
My "related words" lists might look like this:
So I could mix and match - pick one word from each list and I could get great results from each search!
OR - if I wanted to be even more specific, I could make a phrase: <"Female soldier"> and then add a word from my third list: <benefit>. My full search would look like this: <"female soldier" benefit>
See how that works?
Quick notes about creating a good search:
1) Don't pick search words that are too generic or broad - the best searches combine search words that lead to something specific! (If I search for <"Smith"> in Google, what will I find? Now what if I search for <"Susanna Smith" "Georgia Highlands College">? See the difference?
2) "A", "An", and "The" are NEVER search words.
3) Remember to use quotation marks - turn that search word Smith into a search phrase "Susanna Smith" (or "apple butter" or "Falcons football" or "World War II")!