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Grey Literature

What, Why, Where & How of Gray Literature

Documentation of Search Strategies

The search strategy and results contained within a study must be reproduceable, as with any other evidence in a study. 

For further details on how to document a search process please refer to the Cochrane Training Handbook, Chapter 4:

Documentation of a Grey Literature Search

  • Identify and record the sources you will search. The sources you search will be informed by your research question and where you expect to find information related to your question.
  • Document where you are searching and your search strategies, including document resource name, URL, search terms, and date searched.
  • Collect citation information as you go.
  • Adhere to your established inclusion and exclusion criteria when selecting sources.