Let's look at a clinical case scenario to demonstrate how to plan and perform a search for grey literature:
|Step 1. Build a simple search by identifying key search terms
postoperative delirium or post-operative
elderly or aged or senior
prevention or reduction
|Step 2. Be efficient and target the types of resources that will be most relevant for your query before you start searching
These resources would cover current best practice, and complement the traditional scholarly literature required for this research question
|Step 3. Use the 'Where to Search' tab above to get quick access to search platforms and databases targeted to your search strategy
|Step 4. Evaluate the grey literature resources
|Use a reliable checklist such as AACODS
Grey literature consists of a wide variety of publication types, from conference presentations to data sets. Be aware that this variety has implications when you are referencing grey literature, as each type of publication (or 'work') is referenced in a slightly different way.
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