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Prof. Vent - ENG 92 - Spring 2018: Selecting Search Terms

Sources and information for approaching your Argument Essay.

Pairs of Related Terms - Cricket?

FIRM Search Terms:

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

(driving, speed, car, traffic, safety)
 

  1. Are described in a limited number of ways (or unique to the subject)

(NHTSA, pedestrian, vehicle, collision)
 

SOFT Search Terms:

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

("texting while driving", "global positioning system", "self-driving cars")

  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"?

Car  = motor vehicle or automobile

 


* APPLY MORE PROFESSIONAL LANGUAGE

 

Teen = Adolescent

Brain = Neuro* / Cognitive

Impulsive Behavior = "Executive Functioning"

traffic deaths = Traffic fatalities

Men and Women = Gender

 


* ASTERISK * TRUNCATE

Text*

Teen*


* AND, OR, & NOT

AND (narrower)

traffic fatalities AND text* AND distract*
 

OR (expanded)

text messaging OR smartphones OR cell phones 

road rage OR aggressive driving
 

 

NOT (narrower)

distracted driving NOT text*

adoption NOT pets

Cricket NOT insect

 

Focusing Your TOPIC

WHO?

Teenagers

Older adults

Men/Women

People who live in cities or the country

WHAT?

Road Rage incidents

Texting while driving

Distracted Driving NOT texting

WHY?

Why do people engage in aggressive driving?

  • Societal: pressure to make money get to work, etc. makes people do things they would not ordinarily do
  • Psychological: Thrill seeking; Thinking you are a better driver; violence and anger; the teenage brain (neuro* effects)
  • Legal: Speed limits not high enough; not enough arrests / enforcement; "vehicular manslaughter"

When?

Examine a time period – 70s to today? How has it changed?

Explore Road Rage Incidents with different outcomes.

Explore possible solutions (new car technology? laws?) to Road Rage.

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