Your "mini-synopsis review" assignment involves developing and documenting a search strategy that addresses your research question on health and aging. This course guide contains suggested resources and tips to help you approach your assignment.
Note: while the "mini-synopsis review" assignment adapts some elements of a scoping review, you are not expected to do a comprehensive search or follow scoping review or other knowledge synthesis methods.
For your "mini-synopsis review" assignment, you'll be searching the following three databases:
Your assignment involves developing a search string using keywords, boolean (AND, OR), and truncation (*) or exact phrases(""). The same search string will be used in all three databases!
Here are tips and strategies on building a search string:
|Search Concept 1||Search Concept 2||Search Concept 3||Search Concept 4||Search Concept 5|
Example: social isolation
Example: mental health
|Example: Elderly||Korean||immigrants||social isolation||mental health|
|senior||East Asian||refugees||loneliness||psychological health|
|Elder*||AND||Korean*||AND||immigra*||AND||"social isolation"||AND||"mental health"|
|senior*||"East Asian"||refugee*||loneliness||"psychological health"|
Did you try your search string in a database, but didn't like the results? Sometimes it takes some trial and error to get the search just right! Here are some things you can try:
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