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What is gray literature? How do I search for it?


Gray literature is information produced by government agencies, academic institutions, and also the for-profit sector that is not typically made available by commercial publishers. 

Examples of gray literature include:

  • Reports
  • Proceedings
  • Dissertations and theses
  • Registered trials
  • White papers
  • Newsletters
  • Patents 

For more about gray literature document types, check GreyNet International

Search for gray literature

Search for gray literature in a variety of databases.

Get help searching for gray literature

Check Grey Matters for tips about searching gray literature.

Contact your informationist for additional assistance.