Available Until 12/31/2024

Going Grey with Google Scholar for Systematic Reviews (Recording)

Google Scholar is a frequently cited grey literature source in knowledge syntheses and other searches, but it’s not always easy to identify the grey literature types you can find there. Sarah Bonato, our resident expert on all things Google Scholar and grey, will show you how to identify all the types of grey literature available in Google Scholar.

You’ll also learn from Sarah advanced search techniques that help you locate just what you want, and, because every database has limitations, you’ll learn about alternative sources of grey literature. You’ll leave the webinar prepared to do your own grey literature searches on Scholar and to advise review team members on using Google Scholar as a source of grey literature.

This course is an approved elective for Level I of the Systematic Review Services Specialization.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the types of grey literature available in Google Scholar
  • Use search techniques to locate grey literature in Google Scholar
  • Assist research teams in deciding to use Google Scholar in searches
  • Modify complex database searches search to find grey literature
  • Explain the value of using Google Scholar compared to other methods for finding grey literature
  • Document a Google Scholar search for grey literature


Librarians and information professionals who provide or want to provide guidance on searching. Prior searching experience is helpful, but not required.


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and the author of Searching the Grey Literature: A Handbook for Searching Reports, Working Papers, and Other Unpublished Research.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