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Grey Literature in Health Research

Sometimes, published journal articles and books don't fully cover the scope of your topic, and you need to expand your search to include other resource types. Consider grey literature!

Where to look for grey literature

Since Grey Literature isn't usually found in traditional databases (such as MEDLINE or CINAHL), you need to broaden your scope and consider other sources. Even Google Scholar won't include many grey sources, so depending on your topic of interest, explore other options such as the below tabbed grouping:

Resources to Help Find Grey Literature

Conducting a Web search and limiting to "site:.gov" can be a good way to start looking for governmentally-produced gray literature. However, it's good to have some of these sites already on your radar.