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

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

Part 3: Going Grey and Supplementary Search Techniques

Audience: University of Toronto graduate students and faculty engaged in health science research. UTORids will be required to participate. (if you are affiliated with UofT but do not know your UTORid, email: kaitlin.fuller[at]utoronto.ca)

**Please register using an UofT email address eg. @utoronto.ca or @mail.utoronto.ca**


Date: Wednesday, February 10 2021

Time: 2:00- 4:00 (+ pre-class work)

Location: Online (Quercus + Blackboard Collaborate)

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

This workshop follows a flipped-classroom model, which means there is pre-class work (40-60min) that is required to be completed before joining us online for class. This pre-class work will be available in Quercus.

Learning Objectives (pre-class work and online class). 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:

  • Identify potential sources for bias in their search and develop strategies to mitigate them
  • 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

Expectations of Participants:

  • Join the Quercus site (You will be added to the course after registration)
  • Complete the pre-class survey (in Quercus)
  • Complete the pre-class work (in Quercus)
  • Attend the live class ready to participate in discussions and activities (BB Collaborate)
  • Complete the post-class evaluation (in Quercus)

Instructor: Kaitlin Fuller, MLIS

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

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
  Graduate Professional Skills Program  

Registration is required. There are 35 seats available.

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