A topic analysis will help you to clarify and understand what your assessment question is asking you to do.
You should be able to break down the assessment task into three components:
Imagine you are writing a 500 word essay with instructions as follows:
Discuss the challenges faced by Australian health workers in providing person-centred care in a rural environment.
|Key concept/topic||Person-centred care in health|
Let's take this further. Before carrying out any searching you should try to identify actual words and phrases to use as search terms. In this example, they might be:
You should also try to identify synonyms (alternative terms) to use in your search:
|health||health care / health care workers / health professionals|
|person-centred care||client-centred care / patient-centred care|
|rural||regional / remote|
A possible search strategy might then be:
AND "person-centred care" OR "client-centred care" OR "patient-centred care"
AND rural OR region* OR remote
If you are confused or unsure about the assessment topic, check with your lecturer or tutor.