Skip to Main Content

Grey Literature: Evaluating Grey Literature

Introduction

Grey literature needs to be critically assessed to make sure it is credible. It needs to be of the same high standard as other sources of information you are citing in your research.

AACODS checklist

The AACODS checklist was created by Jessica Tyndall from Flinders University Medical Library. The checklist includes the elements you should use when evaluating grey literature:

Authority
Accuracy
Coverage
Objectivity
Date
Significance

Further reading:

Tyndall, J. (2010) AACODS Checklist. Flinders University 

Tyndall, J. (2008) 'How low can you go? Towards a hierarchy of grey literature'. Presented at Dreaming08: Australian Library and Information Association Biennial Conference, 2-5 September 2008, Alice Springs.