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Grey Literature in the Health Sciences: About Grey Literature

Provides resources and strategies for finding and using grey literature in health science research.

Guide to Grey Literature

Grey Literature is:

"That which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers."

-The Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature in Washington, DC 199

  • This guide provides resources and strategies for finding and using Grey Literature in health science research. 
  • Click on the tabs (and subtabs) above to navigate the guide.
  • Contact a Lister Hill Librarian for assistance.

Types of Grey Literature


Census, economic and other data sources

Conference proceedings and abstracts

Databases of ongoing research

Electronic networks (Listserv archives, etc.)

Informal communications (phone conversations, email, meetings, etc.)


Preprints of e-journal articles

Registered clinical trials

Research reports (completed and uncompleted)

Technical reports 

Theses and Dissertations

White papers

Grey Literature Overview

This video presentation(3:00) introduces Grey Literature. 

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