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Grey Literature


2006 Conference Presentation by Nick Marosszeky National Health Outcomes Conference, Canberra Australia

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                                  Centre for Health Service Development

     Searching the Grey
 Literature: It’s not black and

Nick Marosszeky, Dave Fildes & Alan Owen
 Centre for Health Services Development
Life is too short !
We need more grunt
             Power Techniques
           Information, information, everywhere
            but not a moment to stop and think

                 (Tom Rocklin, apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

        8 indexes billion web pages – printed end to end –
                 about 3 return trips to the moon

Know your tools ! - Google
• Google “quote marks” - specific reference
• Advanced search - PDF format
• Googling to the Max (UC Berkeley)
        Power Techniques

Other Tools
• SCOPUS – Citations + Web
• WiseNut – Category search

Cost – loss of serendipity in searching
          Literature Searching

OVID – Find Citing Articles

Electronic Hand Searching

Etext on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Information Resources (2004)
       Surface Web + Deep Web

 The Solution:
Complete Planet

        The Deep Web: Surfacing Hidden Value Bergman, 2001
1. Grey Literature
2. Grey Literature Sites – International
3. NLM – Health Outcomes Core Library
4. Grey Literature Sites - Australia
         Grey Literature
Information produced on all levels of
government, academics, business and
industry in electronic and print formats not
controlled by commercial publishing
i.e. where publishing is not the primary
activity of the producing body
(International Conference on Grey
Literature, Luxembourg, 1997 - Expanded
in New York, 2004)
The Flora and Fauna of Research

  How to find information: A guide for researchers, Rumsey 2004
      Grey Literature Sites
• The System for Information on Grey
  Literature in Europe (SIGLE)
• The Grey Literature Report (New York
  Academy of Medicine Library)
• The Grey Source of the Grey Literature
  Network Service (also known as GreyNet)
• OMNI ( in the United Kingdom
   Etext on Health Technology Assessment
         (HTA) Information Resources

The COSI Model
     - The COre search
     - The Standard search
     - The Ideal search

These are “ranked in the order of expected
 yield (in terms of return for time spent)”
                      The Drill

Goal: A checklist of good
sites to find grey literature
on health services research

 But remember the yield
   NLM – Health Outcomes Core Library
Recommended Websites include
• Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
• Institute for Healthcare Improvement
• Institute of Medicine
• Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
• Kaiser Family Foundation
• Measurement Excellence and Training Resource Information Center
• National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
• QualityMetric, Incorporated
• RAND Corporation
• Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
     NLM – HSR Information Central
Subject Areas
• Associations
• Data Sets and Data Sources
• Disparities
• Epidemiology and Health Statistics
• Evidence Based Medicine
• Health Technology Assessment
• Federal Agencies
• Funding
• Health Policy and Health Economics
• Informatics
• Public Health
• Rural Health
• State Resources
     Grey Literature - Australia
Aussie Sites
• Medicare Australia
• Federal + State Governments Health Departments / Human Services
  link / DVA
• Australian Clinical Trials Registry
• NICS National Institute of Clinical Studies
• ABC Health Report
• AHA (Australian Healthcare Association)
• ARCHI (Australian Resource Centre for Healthcare Innovation)
• ACHSE (Australian College of Service Executives)
• Australian Safety & Efficacy Register of New Interventional
  Procedures – Surgical (The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons)
• Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care
• National Resource Centre for Consumer Participation in Health
• OLGA (Uni Tas)
   Grey Literature - Australia
Research Centres / Consultants
• CHSD (Wollongong)
• Monash Institute of Health Services
• Australian Institute for Primary Care (La
• Access Economics
         Assessment Tool
• Are the topic areas about right ?

• Any additional sites ?

Please contact:
               Picture Sources
•   Nuggeting Eagle Hawk Bendigo by S.T. Gill
    (Courtesy of the La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria)




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