For this project you will need to gather peer reviewed articles for your Annotated Bibliography. A main goal in finding articles is to gather scholarly evidence to support your proposal arguments.
Some prefer to refine their idea first and use it to inform their library search. Others prefer to start in the library databases and let their library search help refine their topic. This process is called the preliminary search.
Preliminary Search Strategy:
1. Carefully read the assignment to identify research needs.
Here are the main research requirements of the Assessment and Surveillance Plan Project (though there may be others):
Research Elements: Assessment and Surveillance Plan Project
You will want a nice variety of articles to establish your arguments. Relevant articles may touch on all three levels above, two out of the three, or only one element at a time. Therefore, you will need to try different search strategies to perform a thorough search.
2. Plan your search strategy and identify keywords. Here are some approaches for searching for scholarly articles:
You will want a nice variety of articles to establish your arguments. Relevant articles may touch on all three levels above, two out of the three, or only one element at a time. Therefore, you will need to try different search strategies perform a thorough search.
3. Think about where to find information about policy.
You may get some good ideas from this Mechanic article. He mentions specific instances where social policy and health disparities are related.
Mechanic, D. (2002). Disadvantage, inequality, and social policy. Health Affairs, 21(2), 48-59. Retrieved May 30, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database.
What is a social policy? This may be the most difficult element to find. Most social policies are not labeled with the word “policy” and they may have any of these qualities:
As you brainstorm for search topics, keep an eye out for articles that mention disadvantage or cultural inequalities and their relationships to health disparities. Those will be a clue that indicates a policy/disparity connection.