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Strategies for Systematic, Scoping, or Other Comprehensive Searches of Literature - PART III

Strategies for Systematic, Scoping, or Other Comprehensive Searches of Literature - PART III

Part 3: Going Grey and Supplementary Search Techniques

Audience: University of Toronto graduate students and faculty engaged in health science research

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020

Time: 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Location: Robarts Library Electronic Classroom  (4th floor)

Note: this course may be taken as part of the Graduate Professional Skills Program.

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.

Glyneva Bradley-Ridout, MI, is the pharmacy librarian with the Gerstein Science Information Centre. She also liaises with the department of nutritional sciences, and the department of pharmacology & toxicology in the Faculty of Medicine. Glyneva supports researchers conducting knowledge synthesis projects by providing training, curriculum embedded instruction, and expert searching. Prior to joining Gerstein, Glyneva was a hospital librarian at St. Michael’s Hospital where she was also involved in a number of systematic and scoping review projects.

Related LibGuide: Searching the Literature: A Guide to Comprehensive Searching in the Health Sciences by Erica Nekolaichuk

Friday, January 31, 2020
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Robarts Library
St. George (Downtown) Campus
  Graduate Professional Skills Program  
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