Step 1: Make sure that you have carefully read the course syllabus & Assignment #1 Sheet. Review "Understanding What You Are Developing and Constructing" under Assignment #1 tab.
Step 2: Review the determinants of health you came across from the course lectures and readings. Brainstorm what area or aspect of the determinants of health you want to focus for this paper. You might want to select the area/aspect of the determinants of health that is associated with your field of study.
Step 3: Think strategically how you want to focus your area of interest, e.g., a certain age or ethnic group, health promotion related to a certain sickness or a social issue such as obesity, or health awareness related to nutrition or daily physical activity, etc. There are many ways that you can identify your area of interest.
Step 4: Think strategically what kind of information you want to gather. What kind of analysis are you prepared to do in the paper? The requirement for Assignment #1 is compare-and-contract analysis. Prepare and develop some system for information gathering. Refer to Analyzing Your Sources for an example. Also remember to go over how to organize your paper. It helps you to think what to gather strategically for your paper.
Step 5: Construct your potential search stragegies based on your keywords.
Construct your Search Strategies Using Boolean Operators:
1) List your potential keywords reflecting your topic.
(e.g., elderly, older adults, seniors, aging, caregivers, burden)
2) Cluster all synonyms by stringing related keywords with "OR" operators.
(e.g., elderly OR older adults OR seniors OR aging)
3) String rest of the keywords
(e.g., caregivers AND burden and elderly OR older adults OR seniors OR aging)
Many databases allow you to break down into manageable parts; for example, I can break into the above sarch into two parts:
caregivers AND burden
[AND] eldelry OR older adults OR seniors OR aging
Let's review the use of boolean logic using AND, OR, and NOT operators for constructing potential search strategies.
Search library resources (articles, books and more) using One Stop Search:
As Asako demonstrated in the class, you can save selected items in One-Stop-Search and produce citations automaticaly in APA Style. (See Browse Step 3). However, it's always a good practice to double check the accuiracy of the citations. The automatically generated citations may be not accurate due to some mistakes in the publisher's record or technical glitches, not reading the record accurately. Please review the citations with the following points in mind:
Author names should be formatted last name first followed by a comma, first name (or first initial followed by a period), and middle initial followed by a period. Each entry must be separated by a semi-colon.
Books Titles are in italics. Capitalize only the first word of the title and of the subtitle, if any, and any proper nouns.
Journal, Magazine and Newspaper titles are in italics.
Volume number is in italics. Issue numbers are not required if the journal is continuously paged. If paged individually, the issue number is required and is in regular type in parentheses adjacent to the volume number.
Use the article's DOI (Digital Object Identifier), the unique code given by the publisher to a specific article. Use the journal's home page URL (or web address) if there is no DOI. This may require a web search to locate the journal's home page. There is no period at the end of web address. Break a long URL before the punctuation.
Senior, B., & Swailes, S. (2007). Inside management teams: Developing a teamwork survey instrument. British Journal of Management, 18, 138-153. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8551.2006.00507.x
Koo, D. J., Chitwoode, D. D., & Sanchez, J. (2008). Violent victimization and the routine activities/lifestyle of active drug users. Journal of Drug Issues, 38, 1105-1137. Retrieved from http://www2.criminology.fsu.edu.proxy2.lib.umanitoba.ca/~jdi/
Thomas, G. I., & Crescimbeni, J. (1966).Guiding the gifted child.New York, NY, US: Random House.