Knowledge syntheses that rely solely on published academic literature are at high risk of publication bias. Searching the grey literature is essential for mitigating this risk, but ‘grey literature’ is a nebulous concept, tricky to incorporate into syntheses and difficult to find.
Building on the skills we practiced in Parts 1 and 2, in this hands-on workshop students will learn to:
Define what is grey literature (and what’s it’s not)
Develop a strategy for identifying appropriate sources of grey literature
Utilize a methodological, transparent approach to searching sources of grey literature
Demonstrate best practices for supplementary search techniques including hand-searching and reference tracking
Integrate strategies for incorporating grey literature and supplementary search techniques into the review workflow
Evaluate search methods to identify proper reporting
Erica Lenton, MA, MLIS, is the rehabilitation and kinesiology librarian with the Gerstein Science Information Centre. Prior to arriving at Gerstein, Erica worked in continuing medical education and more recently, as a solo hospital librarian at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Alberta. Through her experience in hospital and academic health science libraries, she has been involved in a number of systematic and scoping reviews and has provided expert searching and systematic review training for clinicians, students, and faculty.
Kaitlin Fuller, MLIS, is one of the medicine librarians with the Gerstein Science Information Centre. She coordinates the information literacy education of students enrolled in the MD Program. She also supports faculty and student research at the University of Toronto. Kaitlin has supported a number of knowledge synthesis projects by providing training and/or searches. Kaitlin joined the University of Toronto from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Sudbury, where she was an education librarian.