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Gray Literature: How to document a Gray Literature search

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:

 https://training.cochrane.org/handbook/current/chapter-04#section-4-5

Documentation of a Gray 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.

Source: https://guides.library.cornell.edu/evidence-synthesis/gray-literature