List terms that designate the country, people, language or culture/subculture you are researching, including the broader region where the country is located. Mexico, Mexican, Spanish, Mayan, Central America, Latin America.
Brainstorm terms that express your research interest, going from broad to more specific. culture, customs, etiquette, national characteristics, identity,
gender roles, funeral practices
To search, combine key words from the two groups of terms to represent the main concepts of your topic.
Afghanistan and culture or Afghan culture
France and national characteristics or French national characteristics
Cameroon and marriage
punk culture > punk subculture
Use background information and searches to discover related terms and synonyms to define your search strategy.
Look for additional search terms as you go. Each time you use an alternate expression, your results will probably be somewhat different.