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Generally, literature is
Pictured above is a triangle with the bottom layer the biggest and top layer the smallest organized into two groupings. Layers listed top to bottom:
Source: Turner, M. (n.d.). UC Library Guides: Evidence-Based Practice in Health: Hierarchy of Evidence. Retrieved April 7, 2021, from https://canberra.libguides.com/c.php?g=599346&p=4149721
Generally, gray literature is anything found outside of scholarly literature. It includes the following.
Scientists and researchers read the literature to
Most databases have a search alert function that allows you to stay current with topics of interest to you. Here are a few guides to setting up search alerts, but please note that more than just these databases have this function:
Some examples of how to evaluate information:
Part of this page's content was adapted from Ken Rice and Lianne Sheppard.
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