IAFS 3000: Global Health
Resources and tips for research on Syrian Refugees and Global Health
- To Begin...
- Global Health
- Statistics & Current Events
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Choosing Search Terms
- Break down your topic into discrete
concepts that represent major aspects. These concepts can be used to develop keywords and subject terms that will be useful during your research.For more flexible searching, think of various ways to express these
- synonyms (related terms)
- broader terms
- narrower terms
- You need to tailor the search terms to the type of material you are
searching. When searching for:
- Broader terms tend to work better because the topics covered by books tend to be more general.
- Journal articles,
- Narrower terms tend to work better because the topics covered by articles tend to be more specific.
- Look for the specific terms used by the database or website to describe the numbers that you need.
- Searching for statistics requires a lot of patience. Every website and database is different; take some time to familiarize yourself with the source, dates covered, and the datasets provided (this can usually be found in the "about us" or "help" section.
Example:I am looking at Syrian Refugees who have been relocated to Jordan. What do I need?
- Demographic information about my population (numbers, gender, employment status etc..)
- Common diseases (statistics on prevelance, preventative measures, vaccinations etc...)
- Information from the organizations who are working with these populations (NGO's and IGO's)
- Think about the time frame and the availability of information. Consult national and international newspapers. Look at the websites for NGO's and IGO's that work in the region. Search for reports, tables, maps etc...
Helpful Background Information
These reports include information on history, society, economics, the environment etc..
Digital encyclopedia chapters and articles from various resources. Try searching for Syria AND Gender or Syria AND culture
Search for a broad term like "Syria" and then search within the results for your specific topic; like religion.
An article database covering the humanities and social sciences.
Sample search: syria AND health
Helpful Information on the Crisis
Articles, News, Reports, Statistics etc.. To manipulate the data, you need to download software
Articles and Library Resources
Example: "Refugee Health" = "Syrians flee violence and disrupted health services to Jordan" in the Bulletin of World Health, June 2013
Similar to PubMed. This database has many journal articles and reports on science, health, history, conflict, etc...
If it's in the news, Congress has debated, discussed or researched the topic. Check out CRS Reports or Congressional Hearings (limit your search on the right-hand side to CRS Reports or Hearings)
Research a disease, health issue country, or concept (refugees, for example)
Chinook Classic These are just some example Subject Headings. Try your own! Pick a country, a disease, a concept, etc... When you find a good book in Chinook, look at the subject heading and follow the breadcrumbs.
Additional databases and websites are available on the Find Articles page. You can use one of the broad subject groupings at the top or drill down into resources by academic discipline further down on the page.You can also locate secondary sources for your research in the CU Libraries by searching the Chinook library catalog. Chinook is wherewant search for books, journals, microforms and other materials but not articles.The Advanced Keyword search in Chinook Classic is the most flexible way to search for titles on your topic. Notice that you can specify available items, electronic version, language, location, and material type, among other limits.
Websites and Organizations
Each country page has information specifically about Syrian refugees
Information about every country in the world from the Government Information Library. This is a good place to go for basic information
Also a great starting point for basic information about each country with comparison tools
Statistics and current information about each country.
Includes links to regional and country offices (with even MORE information)
With a website on the health crisis in Syria
This custom Google search allows you to look for information, data, reports, and statistics from Intergovernmental Organizations
Good Resources to Start With...
We have done much of the work for you. Look for Top Statistical Resources or browse for statistics by topic
A wealth of data and statistics on global health and vital statistics.
This portal includes:
Questions to Ask Yourself
...would collect this data? Who would be interested in this topic?
...would this data be collected? Is my topic too new? Is my topic historical?
...other format might these statistics come in? Electronic? Paper? CD-ROM? Microfiche or film?
News and Current Events
Take a look at our guide to finding newspapers
- Use the listing for News and Current Affairs from the International Affairs menu.
- Try looking at International News sources
This resource has national, regional, and international news.
Use advanced search, it is much easier to limit your initial search this way.
Subscribe to News Feeds
Subscribe to an RSS feed through any number of IGO's.
The UNHCR has an rss feed specifically for the Syrian Refugee situation
Still need help after trying the strategies listed on this guide? Or can't figure out how to use a particular resource? Here are some options for further assistance:
- Kate Tallman firstname.lastname@example.org (303) 492-3900
- Government Information email@example.com or (303) 492-8834