opioid OR “prescription painkiller” OR opiate OR oxycontin OR vicodin OR heroin OR fentanyl
AND epidemic OR crisis OR addiction OR problem
To come up with this search I started with a theme from the book, the Opioid Epidemic, and googled “most common opioids”, while thinking of synonyms for the word “epidemic.” This allowed me to broaden my search, so that it includes all relevant articles that may not mention the specific two words I started with.
AND “chemical weapon” OR napalm OR “agent orange” OR “rainbow herbicide” OR “Operation Ranch Hand” OR “TCDD”
AND health* OR danger OR effect OR safe*
In trying to generate articles relating to the theme of the epigenetic health concerns of the chemical weapons used in the Vietnam War, I started with terms discussed in lecture, the novel, and through a general google search. I then added another line to the search so that I only see articles discussing the human impact of these chemicals and not necessarily their role in the war effort more broadly. I used the start symbol (*) so all articles using a specific root appear, meaning for “safe” any article that uses the word “safe” or “safety” or “safer” will be searched as well.
"Vietnam War" OR "Vietnam Conflict"
AND displacement OR migration OR immigration OR refugee OR immigrant OR migrant
Additional Relevant Themes for Research
- LGBTQ experience in the United States
- Health/Epigenetic impacts of nail salon work
- PTSD and war/trauma related mental illness
- Traditional parenting methods in Vietnamese/Southeast/East Asian immigrant households
- Disillusionment with the American Dream
- After conducting a broad search, you can narrow it to only the most relevant articles by looking on the sidebar of most databases for the “subject”, “source type”, “publication date” tabs to limit the search
- See if there’s a way you can change your search based on the terms you find in your initial browsing
- Not knowing what you’re exactly looking for is often a good thing! If you start with a broad topic or theme like “the experience of the undocumented worker in America,” as opposed to a more narrow topic like “the experience of Latin-American undocumented agricultural workers in the midwest” you will able to be introduced to a wider array of sources and topics that might lead your research/paper in a new direction.