Tob Control 20:ii8-ii11 doi:10.1136/tc.2010.041921
  • Research paper

Tobacco documents research methodology

Open Access
  1. Valerie B Yerger1,2
  1. 1Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, California, USA
  2. 2Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, California, USA
  3. 3Library and Center for Knowledge Management, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Stacey J Anderson, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Box 0612, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, CA 94143-0612, USA; stacey.anderson{at}
  1. Contributors All authors contributed to the design of the study and the drafting of the manuscript, and gave final approval to the manuscript.

  • Received 17 November 2010
  • Accepted 21 January 2011


Tobacco documents research has developed into a thriving academic enterprise since its inception in 1995. The technology supporting tobacco documents archiving, searching and retrieval has improved greatly since that time, and consequently tobacco documents researchers have considerably more access to resources than was the case when researchers had to travel to physical archives and/or electronically search poorly and incompletely indexed documents. The authors of the papers presented in this supplement all followed the same basic research methodology. Rather than leave the reader of the supplement to read the same discussion of methods in each individual paper, presented here is an overview of the methods all authors followed. In the individual articles that follow in this supplement, the authors present the additional methodological information specific to their topics. This brief discussion also highlights technological capabilities in the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library and updates methods for organising internal tobacco documents data and findings.


  • Linked articles 041947, 041954, 041962, 041970, 041988, 041939.

  • Funding This research was supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services Contract HHSN261201000035I and by NCI grant no. CA113710-05.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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