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Home Tutorials Gray Literature Section 2: Finding and Evaluating Gray Literature Example of a good report

Example of a good report

For an example of a good report, take a look at this one from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Screening and Diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus.

  • Authorship: Although there are no named authors, the report describes groups of Key Informants and Technical Experts consulted for the report starting on page 13. How potential conflicts of interest are handled is discussed there as well.
  • Source of the Report: The source - AHRQ - is clearly stated on each page. This is a well-respected U.S. Government agency, in the .gov domain, which is listed in many collections of gray literature producing organizations.
  • Transparency of Methods: The methods and evaluation criteria are clearly outlined starting on page 6 of the report. The search strategy used to generate literature for review is provided in an appendix to the report.
  • Currency: The date, December 16, 2011, is clearly indicated on each page of the report.