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Grey Literature in the Health Sciences: Starting Points

Describes what grey literature is, why it is important to search it, how to focus your search, which resources are available to search, and how to evaluate grey literature. License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Share Alike 4.0 International.

Basic Tips to Focus Your Search

As the scope of grey literature is extremely broad, Franklin Sayre (Introduction to the Grey Literature for the Health Sciences,  slide no.8, February, 2014) recommends considering the following questions in order to narrow down your search:

  • Who are your stakeholders?
    • Government?
    • Non-government?
    • Academic?
  • What kinds of literature are you interested in?
    • Theses and dissertations?
    • Conference proceedings?
    • Reports?
    • Statistics?
  • What time period or geographic/geopolitical area is relevant to your search?


Source Guide: USC and Whichita  (see links and license below)

Guides to Searching for Grey Literature

The resources below provide detailed guidance on how to approach searching grey literature.

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