Literature Reviews: A Resource Guide
Grey literature: what it is and where to find it
"Grey Literature is a field in library and Information science that deals with the production, distribution, and access to multiple document types produced on all levels of government, academics, business, and organization in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body." -- GreyNet International (http://www.greynet.org/).
Specifically, these are things like government publications or reports from universities, think tanks or nonprofit agencies that aren't published in the traditional sense, and may be hard to find. Depending on your discipline or research question, you may use very little of this literature, or quite a lot. Where to find it will also vary depending on your question.
Finding Grey Literature
The Canadian Public Policy Collection and the Canadian Health Research Collection are archives of reports produced by Canadian federal, provincial and territorial governments, Aboriginal groups, health authorities, nonprofit organizations, and similar organizations. The Canadian Research Index is a similar product from another provider.
The web site Hillwatch.com has a list of Canadian and international think tanks.
Use Google's site: command to search a particular domain or web site. The filetype:pdf command lets you limit to PDFs, which are the most common format for reports. For example, searching "mental health" site:gc.ca filetype:pdf will retrieve PDF files where mental health is the topic, published on any Government of Canada web site.
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