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What is grey literature?

Grey literature includes publications from government agencies, professional associations, research centers, think tanks, or other organizations. It falls outside of the "traditional" publishing channels that we often find in academia. They are often not widely disseminated and aren't often indexed by traditional academic search tools, so can be hard to discover. 

Tips for tracking down grey literature:

  • In your reading, keep your eyes open for organizations or people who are mentioned in relation to your topic. Tracking them down could lead you to their publications. 
  • On government agency websites, look for "publications" or "reports."

Potential sources of grey literature