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NURS 826 / 899B: Evidence Based Nursing

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Grey literature

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As the scope of grey literature is extremely broad, Sayre recommends (slide 8) considering the following questions in order to narrow down your search:

  • Who are your stakeholders?
  • Government?
  • Non-government?
  • Academic?
  • What kinds of literature are you interested in?
  • Theses and dissertations?
  • Conference proceedings?
  • Reports?
  • Statistics?
  • What time period or geographic/geopolitical area is relevant to your search?

The resources below provide detailed guidance on how to approach searching grey literature.  

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