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What is Grey Literature?

Grey Literature

  • literature that is not published in the traditional sense such as clinical trials data, government documents, theses, conference proceedings
  • it is important to include in your reviews in order to
    • broaden scope and ensure the review is as thorough as possible
    • reduce publication bias and find sources for negative results
    • include emerging research
    • discover more references that your database search might have missed

How to Find Grey Literature

Identify Relevant Authorities and Stakeholders

  1. Search topic in Google and look through first 5-10 pages for relevant authorities, organization or stakeholder
  2. Brainstorm potential authorities, organizations or stakeholders relevant to your topic

Consider the following:

  • Databases and Catalogues of grey literature
  • Clinical Trials Databases
  • Guidelines
  • Government Documents
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Conferences
  • These and DIssertations
  • Newspapers
  • Public Health Authorities
  • Negative results


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