Climate, Energy, Health and Society (CHEEL)

Gray Literature

What is gray literature? Grey literature is information produced outside of traditional publishing and distribution channels, and can include reports, policy literature, working papers, newsletters, government documents, speeches, white papers, urban plans, and so on.  Many of our databases have "format" or "source" filters for gray literature such as "reports"  

You can also use Google to find gray literature.  


To find grey literature, try keywords such as report, "think tank," "white paper," policy, statistics, or limiting by domain to (.org, .edu, .gov)

screenshot of google search for "climate change" "policy brief"

 screenshot of google search for "climate change" site: .org        

Librarian for Sociology, Environmental Sociology, MHS and Public Policy Studies

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Pam Morgan