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Grey Literature in the Health Sciences: Evaluating Grey Lit

Describes what grey literature is, why it is important to search it, how to focus your search, which resources are available to search, and how to evaluate grey literature. License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Share Alike 4.0 International.

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How to evaluate grey literature - the AACOGS checklist

The  AACODS checklist was created by Jess Tyndall to evaluate and enable critical appraisal of grey literature. This checklist has the flexibility to be applied to a number of grey literature resources.

AACODS (Authority, Accuracy, Coverage, Objectivity, Date, Significance)

  • Authority: Who is responsible for the content and are they credible?
  • Accuracy: Is the document supported by credible, authoritative sources?
  • Coverage: Does the document clearly state parameters that define their content coverage?
  • Objectivity: Is there bias? Is it easily detected?
  • Date: Can you find the date? For the content to inform your research it must have a date to confirm relevance
  • Significance: Does the document add something unique to the research?

Source Guide: McMaster University

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