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Prof. Vent - ENG 92: Selecting Search Terms

Pairs of Related Terms - Cricket?

FIRM Search Terms:

  1. Are likely to be on most pages that discuss your topic

(smoking, tobacco, nicotine, regulation, addiction)
 

  1. Are described in a limited number of ways (unique)

(Surgeon General, menthol, Hookahs, e-cigarettes)
 

SOFT Search Terms:

  1. Are less likely to appear consistently on pages about your topic;

("ciggies", 2010s, firsthand smoker)
 

  1. Can be expressed in so many different ways that it is too difficult to come up with a good term or set of terms that are likely to find what you need.

("influence on", "relationship between"; "improve", “effects of”; "affect on"; "consequences of"; "potentially"; "pros and cons of")

* APPLY SYNONYMS, RELATED OR "PREFERRED TERMS"?

Brain - Cognitive - Neuro* - Dopamine

Smoking - tobacco - Nicotine

Hollywood People - Celebrities - Product Placement - Advertising - Movies

 


* APPLY MORE PROFESSIONAL LANGUAGE

 

Teen = Adolescent

 

Stop Smoking program = Smoking cessation program

 


* ASTERISK * TRUNCATE

Tobacco Prohibit*

Teen*


* AND, OR, & NOT

AND (narrower)

smoking AND risk-taking AND adolescent
 

OR (expanded)

Smoking OR Nicotine

parent* influence OR parent-child relations
 

 

NOT (narrower)

risk taking NOT financial

 

Focusing Your TOPIC

WHO?

Older adults

Teenagers

Southerners, Northerners, etc.

Men/Women

Rich/Poor

People who live in cities or the country

People from other cultures

Hollywood people

WHAT?

Addiction – physiological effects

Chemicals

Cancers caused by smoking

Public Service Campaigns and Smoking – what works?

The relationship of the Food and Drug Administration and “Big Tobacco”.

Cost of cigarettes

WHY?

Why do people start (parents, advertising, peer group)?

  • Because it’s something to do at the bar. What is the relationship between "Outlaw culture" and smoking.
     
  • People think it’s cool or makes them thin. What is the influence of peer group/advertising/gender issues on the potential to start smoking?
     
  • Economics. Are there economic factors among people who smoke or do not smoke?
     
  • People get addicted. Are some people genetically more prone to addiction to cigarettes?

When?

Examine a time period – 1800s, 1950s, etc.

What is the history behind “Big Tobacco”?

What events shaped restrictions on cigarettes or on cigarette advertising?

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