Grey Literature for Clinical Evidence

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
Center for Evidence-based Medicine, Brown University School of Public Health
Box G-S121-8
Providence RI , 02912
United States
Gaelen Adam is the primary contact.
Phone: 401-863-6425
Region: North Atlantic

Description: The goal of this program is to foster a discussion of what grey literature is, when it is worth searching, and how to decide where to search. There will also be a demonstration of some of the more common grey literature sources for healthcare-related topics and a discussion of their features and limitations.

Experience Level: Intermediate
Continuing Education Experience: none
CE Contact Hours: 3
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Information Services
Subject: Expert Searching
Course Type: Face to Face

Educational Objective: After completing this class, participants will be able to: 1. Identify grey literature and understand some of the reasons to include it in a search, as well as some of its limitations. 2. Identify the types of content in a variety of commonly used databases (, ICTRP, the FDA website, PROSPERO, etc.) and know when to use which. 3. Identify the search interface challenges with some databases and develop more effective searches.


1. Introductions, discussion of what grey literature is (and is not), as well as why one would search for grey literature (including publication bias, rare topics, previously completed similar projects). (40 minutes) 
2. Discussion about identifying the right resources for a given question. (20 minutes) 
3. Break (10 minutes) 
4. Demonstrations of,, Prospero (40 minutes) 
5. Discussion/demonstration of ways to present results (EndNote, Excel, others?). (10 minutes) 
6. Questions/break (10 minutes)
7. Work through a grey literature search as a group (45 minutes)
8. Summary and discussion (15 minutes)

Need for This Course: It was a need identified by the NAHSL continuing education committee

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Demonstration, Slides, Discussion, Brainstorming, and Hands-on Exercises.

Participant Materials: There will be a handout with urls for useful grey literature sources.

Facility Requirements: Interactive room set-up, connections for internet and to show a ppt presentation from a laptop, board or paper for brainstorming.

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