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David P. Dillard
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How Does One Deal with Doing Research on a Topic Like
"Adulteration and the Meaning of Tourism????
AND A Couple of Other Topics and Some Research Guides to Help with Them
The topic of Adulteration and the Meaning of Tourism came up for a lively sharing of thoughts and ideas about this topic on a tourism discussion group. I shared unrelated thoughts about finding and researching topics containing jargon as part of the labeling of the subject in a post to that list that follows below.
This is not in any sense a criticism of any part of this discussion. I just found myself surprised and bemused by this strange juxtaposition of words. Adulteration (can you say food products) is not expected to be found in conjunction with tourism, let alone meaning of tourism, but it is a catchy way of labeling an issue.
I decided to check a few databases and see what this combination of concepts produced in the literature and here are my results.
adulteration AND "meaning of tourism"
adulteration AND meaning AND tourism
Google Scholar Tight
Google Scholar Relaxed
The above is a great example of how a slight change in a search can produce a radical difference in the number and ratio of relevant to not so relevant sources in those results, but given the low level of results in the "tight search", there may be some usable or even good sources in the
Google Books Tight
Looks like an odd meaning of adulteration has been found in these results
causing a strange and irrelvant result.
Google Books Relaxed
This looks much more probative.
Temple Summon Search Tight
Much better than Google Books Tight
Temple Summon Search Relaxed
Book / eBook (2,408) Include Exclude
Book Chapter (71) Include Exclude
Book Review (8) Include Exclude
Conference Proceeding (1) Include Exclude
Dissertation/Thesis (2) Include Exclude
Government Document (57) Include Exclude
Journal Article (92) Include Exclude
Magazine Article (1) Include Exclude
Market Research (1) Include Exclude
Newspaper Article (7) Include Exclude
Reference (8) Include Exclude
Now if a student visited my office with this wording of this topic, I would search just these ways to see if a paper could be supported with a reasonable literature review in quality and quantity of relevant sources.
In this case the next step would be to think hard about the other words
that could be used in a search to find what is meant by adulteration in this context and come up with a better group of relevant content. In the meantime get those pens, keyboards and journal or book submission letters going as, in terms of publications, you folks may have a virgin topic
to explore and get out into the academic media.
Now if you folks will excuse an off topic for tourism subject, I posted last week, (it is Sunday already, where did the rest of the weekend go!!!)
a discussion about searching that may be useful to you, your students and your colleagues at the link below.
[Educator-Gold] SPORTS MEDICINE : DATABASE SEARCH RESULTS : DATABASES: SEARCHING: TECHNIQUE : DATBASES: Databases for Searching Sports Medicine Databases
By the way, if you follow the links to my research guide in this post to SCIMAGO, you will find an excellent list for both tourism and for hospitality and other lists related to tourism of the top journals in each field you explore based on Scopus criteria.
I also have a new and under constuction bibliography on Public Spaces and Gender which is still getting journal article citations added but has plenty of books and articles already cited. Furthermore, the link of each item in this bibliography takes one in this guide section to a search of the title in either Google Books or Google Scholar making each entry link into a bibliography of sources about the term content of the book title.
Additional Guide Content of Possible Interest
RESEARCH PAPER TOPIC : Public Spaces and Gentrification
RESEARCH GUIDES : WRITING SKILLS, RESEARCH SKILLS : DATABASE SEARCHING SKILLS : LIFE AND EMPLOYMENT TOOLS AND SKILLS FROM RESEARCH GUIDES BIBLIOGRAPHIES AND WEBLIOGRAPHIES
Emailed comments regarding any of the above resources are welcome.
Enjoy what is left of the weekend.
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Scholars, academicians, professors and writers often teach and write using a very specialized and jargon filled discourse. Much can be gained by these folks in terms of increased audience and improved understanding if they define all of these specialized terms with plain English equivalents.
In so doing the reader will benefit by attaching these conversations or publications to the related discourse from other fields on this very topic that has similar content but is known under other labels
PLAIN ENGLISH WRITING:
Plain English Writing Books and Database Search Results
Also keep in mind that plane English would be the kind of discussions stewardesses and pilots have with each other and with passengers, my guess is that there is a lot of winging it going on with it in this arena.
By the way, arena is one search term that will kill a searcher looking for sports facilities. Consider this phrase and others like it: "in the arena of public opinion". One must always, when searching, think about
additional meanings of all words used as that will create noise in search results. One also gets extra points for correct spelling as words incorrectly spelled in searches, we all do it, create potential havic with search results.
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