Searching the Grey Literature: A Handbook for Searching Reports, Working Papers, and Other Unpublished Research

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jun 13, 2018 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 278 pages
Searching the Grey Literature is for librarians interested in learning more about grey literature. If you have ever been asked for a grey literature search but didn’t know where to start, this book will help you craft your search successfully. If you are an expert searcher but find that your library patrons are unfamiliar with the vast body of grey literature, this book may be a useful teaching aid. Those that are both new arrivals and established professionals in the field of librarianship will learn much about grey literature from reading this book, and hopefully acquire new search skills and knowledge. Although a wide range of different types of librarians or information professionals may find the content of this book useful, those working in the areas of health or social science will benefit the most from the book’s content.

Searching the Grey Literature discuss different aspects of grey literature, including an introduction to grey literature, the value of grey literature, search sources for grey literature and how to conduct needs assessment before beginning a grey literature search. Search techniques for identifying grey literature documents, selecting and evaluating grey literature search sources and best searching practices are also discussed in detail.


1 What Is Grey Literature?
2 The Value of Grey Literature
3 Databases for Grey Literature
4 Searching for DissertationsTheses
5 Searching for Unpublished Clinical Trials
6 Repositories for Grey Literature
7 Conference Proceedings Papers and Posters for Grey Literature
8 Grey Literature Search Checklists and Other Similar Sources
9 Google for Grey Literature
10 Developing a Grey Literature Search Plan
11 Grey Literature
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Sarah Bonato is a reference/research librarian at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, ON and is a graduate of the MIS program at the University of Toronto and has a BA in Sociology from Kalamazoo College. At the CAMH Library, she is the lead for reference services and research services. Her workplace responsibilities include systematic review/scoping review/knowledge synthesis searching, search coaching, supervising library students on special projects, and writing for the CAMH Library blog. She has also been listed as the co-author of systematic reviews/guidelines in the subject area of behavioral health. Her research interests include giving presentations, webinars and workshops on grey literature.

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