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Health Physics and Radiation Science

What is Grey Literature?

Grey (or gray) literature is:

  • information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry
  • in electronic and print formats
  • not controlled by commercial publishing (meaning publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body)

Source: GreyNet International

 

It's called grey literature because it can be fuzzy, hard to define, and (in many cases) hard to locate.

 

Examples of grey literature include:

  • Theses and dissertations
  • Patents
  • Standards
  • Working papers
  • Pre-prints
  • White papers
  • Reports (institutional, annual/activity, technical, laboratory/research team)

 

Using grey literature will help strengthen your research. It can be more current than the literature found in books/journals and thus offer you a fuller picture of the information surrounding your topic. When you search for grey lit, expect to run many searches and click on many links.

Theses and Dissertations

Conference Proceedings

Pre-prints

Government and Regulatory Websites

Grey Literature Search Engines

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