Grey (Literature) Matters: Structuring Your Google Search

Date of Live Event: Wednesday, November 6, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time. Recording available soon after.

In the second of a two-part series on grey (literature) matters, Sarah Bonata will introduce you to the power of structured Google searches and Google-powered search tools, such as Google Custom Search Engines and Google Scholar. You'll learn how to address the challenges of Google searches, adapt a database search, employ decision aids, set search limits, optimize data saturation, track search results, and select a search scope. You'll also examine examples of published research projects that used Google and look at alternative search engines, such as DuckDuckGo, MillionShort, and WolframAlpha. #MLAGreyLitSearch

Participants receive a 30% discount on Sarah Bonato’s book, Searching the Grey Literature.


Information professionals and librarians with some searching experience or who are involved with systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and other evidence publications.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Use Google for grey literature searches
  • Explain the advatanfesd and disadvanted of search approaches and alternative search engines
  • Use Google to answer health and medical reference questions


Sarah Bonato is a reference/research librarian at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, ON. She is the co-author of more than 10 systematic reviews and the author of Searching the Grey Literature: A Handbook for Searching Reports, Working Papers, and Other Unpublished Research.

Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour webinar
  • Date/Time: November 6, 1:00pm–2:30pm, Central Time
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.


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Grey (Literature) Matters Webinar Series Special Offer

The webinar series special offer, presented by Sarah Bonato includes 1 bonus recorded webinar.