Getting Started

You can start searching for survey questions by typing some question text into the text box and/or by selecting a topic, survey, or survey year. Click on the search button to view your results. You can then further modify your search criteria with more advanced criteria, examine question details, or perform a new search.

Searching Within Topic, Survey and Survey Year

Selecting "topic", "survey", or "survey year" will provide users with a set of questions that meet those search parameters. For example, if you want to know what questions in the inventory are about pregnancy, you would select "pregnancy" from the topic filter. You can also select more than one topic. This will return questions that are in either topic. For example, if you select "pregnancy" and "cheaper cigarettes" you will see all the questions that are about pregnancy as well as all the questions that pertain to cheaper cigarettes.

Selecting multiple surveys is likely a more useful application of this search function. For example, in order to see all the questions that were used in the Youth Smoking Survey, you would select the various surveys and years from this drop down list. If you selected Youth Smoking Survey 2002 and Youth Smoking Survey 2004 you would see a list of survey questions that are in either survey.

Searching Across Topic, Survey, and Survey Year

Searching across a topic, survey, or survey year will return questions that meet both criteria. For example, selecting "pregnancy" from the topic tab and selecting "2009" from the survey year tab will return questions that pertain to pregnancy and are from 2009. If you want questions pertaining to pregnancy that are in 2009 or are in 2010, then select 2010 as well from the survey year drop-down menu.

Using the Search Box

You can start searching for tobacco control questions by entering either key words or a phrase from the question in the search box. For example, if you want questions about the nicotine patch you can enter nicotine patch into the search box. (Note: do not enter quotes around a phrase). The search results display all questions that have nicotine patch in the question text or questions that have been keyworded with the phrase "nicotine patch". Questions that meet the search criteria are displayed and the search terms found (i.e. "nicotine patch") are highlighted in both the question text and keywords.

You can also enter a phrase from the question. For example, enter "how many cigarettes per day" (without quotes) into the search box. If "all words" is selected, you will see the questions in which the words "how", "many", "cigarettes", "per", and "day" are in the question. If you selected "any words" you will see even more records. For this example, you will see records that have any of the words in the phrase. Because "per" is in the phrase, this will return records that have the word "experience" in the question. In order to return the exact phrase, select "exact phrase" in the search box. This will return all questions that have the phrase "How many cigarettes per day".

When entering a phrase into the search box, it is recommended that users enter a unique part of the question that does not contain numbers or pronouns. As the focus in developing the inventory was on question concepts and content, some minor wording changes may have been made to reflect different ways in which the survey was administered. For example, in the Canadian Community Health Survey, the question "In the past month, have you smoked cigars?" is entered as "In the past month, [have/has] [you/he/she] smoked cigars?" to show the wording that would apply if the survey was completed by a household member on behalf of another.

Viewing Question Details

Once you have searched for some questions you can view the details associated with a particular question. Clicking on the details button beside the question will show the response options, sub-questions, and surveys that used that particular question.

Creating a Report of Selected Questions

You can select questions to be included in a report. The report also provides additional details about the questions such as interviewer instructions and other notes if applicable.

If you would like to include all the questions from your search into the report, click "select all". A check mark will then appear beside each question indicating that it will be included in the report. You can also "deselect" questions as well. If you would like to only include a few questions in the report, simply mark the box beside each question you would like to include.

The report box indicates how many questions have been selected for your report. You can then view the selection to see which questions will be included in the report. At this time you can "unselect" questions. Clicking the "run report" button will generate a report of your selected questions.

Your selections are saved until you click "clear report". If you want to start completely over click "clear report". You will see that the number of questions selected will be 0. If you want to add to the report by searching for some more questions simply do another search and select more questions. The questions you select will then be added to your list. When you run the report you will have the questions that were from both searches and selections.

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